Migraine headache symptoms are often mistaken for stress headache symptoms, but these two kinds of headaches are really quite different!
Granted, tension headaches can be quite painful, but migraines are the king of headaches, and if you get them, your life can be turned upside down!
While stress can trigger a migraine headache, just as it can cause a tension headache, there are many other triggers for migraines—including foods, weather, fatigue and even flickering or glaring lights.
If you pay attention to your symptoms, it will help you and your doctor determine which kind of headaches you are getting…
Migraine or Stress Headache Symptoms?
One thing that distinguishes migraine headaches from tension and other headaches is the warning sign or pre-migraine symptoms. Many migraine sufferers experience something that tells them that a headache is on the way.
Tension headache sufferers, on the other hand, do not have any warning.
Here are some of the common pre-migraine symptoms:
- Migraine aura – This can take a number of forms. You may see flashing lights or wavy lines. You could feel a dull heaviness or a sense of foreboding.
- Extremes prior to a headache – You might feel depressed and irritable, or on top of the world. You might be ultra-tired or super-energetic. Or you might be famished or lose your appetite entirely. Other people often notice these things before you do, and they may occur up to 2 days before your next headache.
While tension headaches can slow you down, migraines can knock you flat. During a migraine headache, you may go to bed, and you may be nauseous and vomit. Migraines can last for 24 hours, up to several days. And they stay strong and painful.
Treatment for Migraine Headache Symptoms
You may only have one migraine headache in your life, or you may have them regularly, as some women do around their periods or during menopause. Women get them more than men.
Migraines tend to run in families, while tension headaches do not. And migraines do not respond to simple over-the-counter remedies and pain killers like aspirin or Tylenol, while tension headaches can get relief from OTC drugs.
People with migraines become desperate to find help. And it isn’t easy. However, I do know of some treatments that are popular and do seem to work:
- Orthopedic Traction Headrest – The Headache Hammock provides quick relief. You cool it or warm it, depending on what seems to work best for you. You’ll find that, as you relax, your headache dissipates. The headrest works in two ways. It supports your head and neck and also provides temperature stimulation to relax you.
- Headache Ease Balm – Made of herbs and with no petroleum, this herbal rub is very relaxing. It’s simple to use. Just rub some on your temples, forehead and the back of your neck and base of your head. You may need to do this every 15 minutes or so.
- Migraine and Headache Magnesium Spray – This magnesium and herb spray seems to be very effective for many people with migraines. It seems that a lack of magnesium can be an underlying cause of migraines. You may want to consider this option.
While there is some hope for natural remedies like feverfew for migraine, if you think you suffer from migraines, you should see a physician. These headaches require professional help.