What’s the Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine? Bellaire ER

If you have been having a headache that is keeping you from living life, we can help. And here is a new way to look at how you identify what might be causing the head pain you are having.

In the United States alone there are over 45 million folks that suffer from some type of a headache every year, and that represents over 16% of the U.S. population. There are over eight million people with such debilitating head pain that seek out medical help.

If you get in the middle of a headache and do not think you can live one more minute with it, we at Bellaire ER are here to help you. Our doors stay open every day, 24 hours of each day while giving patients in this area with the kind of care for almost every kind of medical problem you might bring us, including migraines and headaches.

Not every headache is the same as someone else’s headache, and the kind of headache you get and have will dictate to an extent, what kind of care you will get. Be assured, we set our goal to get your head pain to stop, and we will work fast to get that done for you. To start, we must figure out first the kind of headache you are having when you come to Bellaire ER.

Here are a few different things to look for to try to figure out whether you have a migraine or a headache.

Pounding on the door

When you first get to Angleton ER, we will ask you to tell us about your headache. Head pain might seem it is enough to tell the doctor, but there are other signs as to how your head feels when it starts that tells us if we have a migraine or a horrible headache.

If you talk to anyone who suffers from migraines about what kind of symptoms they have, one of the first things they will tell you is they have a throbbing pain on one side or the other of their head. It seems to be the trademark of a migraine and almost always the main complaint.

Other symptoms tend to be different from migraine sufferers. For example, it seems migraines will come in stages, that include a forerunner stage that warns them of the impending ‘migraine attack.’ It could be that you start to feel thirsty and really moody, your neck might get stiff for some time before the onset of a headache, and sometimes it may last a full day before your headache hits you.

Some who have a migraine say they experience an aura, a common characteristic with a migraine. The aura can cause visual disturbances, like a zigzag vision, halos around the lights, or flashes of light. Some are sensitive to light and would rather be in a dark room as they wait out a migraine. You do not have to have an aura to have a migraine, but you will still have horrible, nauseating headaches. When you talk about the pain, it can vary as to how severe it could get.

There are some who experience debilitating, throbbing pain in the head for many days, that is accompanied by vomiting and nausea; then there are others that will only have an attack that seems to last only a few hours.

Either way, a migraine can be some of the worst pain you have ever had, and you will want medical help. It is always a good idea, especially if you have migraines multiple times a month.

Tightening up

Migraines get most of the attention because of the severity they bring with them. Tension headaches seem to be the most common type of headaches and will account for 1-4% toward emergency room trips. It is the kind of a headache that feels like you have terrible tension at the back or front of your head that will travel down your shoulders to your neck.

Your tension headache is caused by some stress headaches and supposedly for a good reason. Stress is usually the main reason that these headaches start, and they can last days or just a few hours.

The cluster

If you should awaken during the night and have a terrible shooting pain that feels like it is located behind one or both eyes, and it happens often, and at certain times, you could have cluster headaches and is called this because of the way it behaves.

Cluster headaches do cause intense pain and will come in waves that can last for weeks on end that can extend to months; then, all of sudden, they are gone, for a while. Clusters do not always start at night, but they will almost always begin without any type of warning, and they will hit you by tears in your affected eye, swelling of your face, and a runny nose.

We have just given you the description of what primary headaches are, but you might also be having secondary headaches, like those that happen when you have congested sinuses. No matter what if you have a headache is causing interference in your life, Bellaire ER can help you in finding relief.