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Understanding the Symptoms of Migraines and Other Headaches

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Understanding symptoms of migraines and headaches will help you and your healthcare provider with the proper diagnosis. An accurate diagnosis is key in selecting the appropriate treatment to bring you relief from your headaches.
  1. Classifying Headaches
  2. Migraine Basics
  3. Migraine Complications
  4. Other Types of Headaches
  5. Headache Triggers and Causes

Classifying Headaches

All headaches are not equal, and there are many types of headaches with unique symptoms. Understanding the difference between migraines and other headaches is essential in learning to treat and cope with your condition.

Migraine Basics

Migraine headaches are common and have recognizable symptoms and warning signs. Treatment for migraines is quite unique, so understanding the basics about migraine headaches will lead to a more prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Migraine Complications

The International Headache Society lists five separate complications of migraines: Chronic Migraine, Status Migrainosus, Persistent Aura without Infarction, Migrainous Infarction, and Migraine-triggered Seizures. In many cases, each of these can cause significant distress, even if the symptoms aren't severe.

Other Types of Headaches

Migraines are arguably the most "famous" of migraines, but there are many other types of headaches as well. Read here to learn about various types of headaches, many of which are quite common.

Headache Triggers and Causes

Many migraine and headache sufferers can identify specific triggers for their headaches. These may be foods or specific situations that can bring on a headache. Some are well known and some may be a bit unexpected. Whatever your specific situation, understanding what can trigger a migraine or headache will help you to better treat and cope with them.

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