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[HOW TO] Tell the Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine (…and How to Treat Them Both)

Headaches are such a pain. Migraines are even worse. In fact, there is a distinct difference between the two — and determining whether a person has a migraine or a headache is important in knowing how to treat and manage the pain.

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What’s the Difference Between Headaches and Migraines?

Migraines are typically accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise. Severe migraines can heighten sensitivity to the point where the person is forced to endure excruciating pain.

Headaches, on the other hand, fall into two broad categories: Primary and secondary headaches.

Primary headaches stem from:

  • Migraines
  • Tension headaches
  • Cluster headaches

Secondary headaches result from other causes like:

  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Problems with the sinuses, teeth, neck, back, or eyes

Oddly enough, people who have headaches do NOT necessarily experience migraines, but most people who suffer from migraines also have other headaches (ie secondary headaches).

(RELATED: Say What? Research Shows Migraines May Actually Protect the Brain)

Headache and Migraine Prevention

In the past, most treatments for migraines started after the pain began, or when it reached an extreme level. Today, pain management professionals focus on migraine and headache prevention. Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we can help you identify the triggers that spark your head pain — and how to avoid them. Also, using an innovative headache and migraine treatment therapy, we can teach you gentle exercises that will not only relieve pain, but also prevent it altogether.

Failed attempts in finding a successful treatment for headaches and migraines can be discouraging. Fortunately, Pasadena Pain Management may be able to help. Finding the right pain specialist can make a world of difference in getting you back to living a pain-free life.

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Pain Treatment in Pasadena CA – Headaches, Migraines, TMJ, and More

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.