Migraines and Headaches

Migraines are a primary headache disorder that is known to cause intense throbbing in one particular area that can vary in intensity. Triggers for migraines can include hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, stress, and exercise.

Fifty percent of migraine suffers don't even know they get them, or just think they are bad headaches. Migraines can be caused by different triggers and affect people differently.

Facts about Migraines and Headaches

• Migraines are 3 times more likely to affect women than men
• They are most common in 35-45-year-olds
• Medication overuse is a problem for people who suffer from migraines
• Stress is one of the most common triggers
• They can be managed and respond well to consistent treatment plans

The Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine

  • Both headaches and migraines cause pain, finding out the difference between them helps to relieve pain through better treatments. It can also help prevent future headaches from occurring in the first place.
  • A headache is caused by the contraction of muscles between the head and neck. Different types of headaches include cluster, sinus and thunderclap headaches.
  • A migraine, in comparison, tends to range from moderate to very severe throbbing pain at the front or the side of the head. Migraine symptoms may include pain behind the ear, nausea, temporary vision loss and sensitivity to light and sound.

Treatment for Migraines

The first step to treating a migraine or a headache is to see a specialist who can help identify which kind of head pain you are experiencing.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Migraines or Headaches, contact a Neurologist at First Choice Neurology today. We have several locations throughout Central, Eastern, and Southern Florida.