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Headaches v. Migraines

Headaches are typically of shorter duration and have less severe symptoms; although you may not feel like that at the moment.  A pounding, throbbing, aching, and tenderness to the head region are common complaints with this variety. There are many different causes from diet, stress, environments, and activity level.

Migraines are more severe and can have similar to headache symptoms but they also may be accompanying other physical symptoms.  These are called auras—not all migraines will have auras—and can be visual or motor disturbances (blurred vision, decreased limb coordination), numbness, and sensitivity to light and sound to name few.  Vomiting, constipation, depression, irritability, and stiffness are also possible with migraines.  All of these are reversible and just takes time to pass.  It’s a good idea to seek a medical professional for migraines especially if your vision, motor, or speech control is altered.

Matt Welsh

Registered Physiotherapist, MScPT, BHSc