Headaches: Migraine or Tension-headache?

Posted at 2:17 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel
This is a very common and relevant question. We differentiate migraine from other types of headaches looking for the presence of other symptoms classified as autonomic symptoms. They include: nausea, vomiting, photophobia (light sensitivity), and phonophobia (sound sensitivity). A positive family history is present in 85% of patients having a positive family with migraine in first-degree relatives). Patients with migraine also exhibit a desire for isolation and to lie down, recurrent pattern of attacks, being normal between attacks (Gladstein, 2012). If autonomic symptoms as described earlier are absent it is more likely to be tension headache.

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