Tension Headache vs. Migraine

Do you know the difference between a tension headache and a migraine?  Patients with intense headaches often come into the office calling them “migraines”.  The term migraine is often used when someone has a bad headache, though this is not always the case.  Migraines and tension headaches are caused from two very different things and sometimes have overlapping symptoms.  That being said, both types of headaches have the capacity to be intense. 
If you feel that your headache is coming from your upper neck, then your headache is likely a tension headache.  These are often felt around the ears and temple region on both sides of the head.  On the other hand, migraines are often only felt on one side of the head and can be accompanied by other symptoms, such as changes to vision.

When in doubt about what is causing your headache or which type of headache it is, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional.  Headaches are one of the more common complaints that we treat and there is a lot that can be done naturally to help reduce their occurrence and intensity.  Check out the article in the link for more information.


Dr Rob

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