Confused is it a migraine or a headache


Hi, can anyone help i have been suffering from really really bad headaches for the past 3 months lasting around 24 hours, but for the past 1 week they have worsened from once or twice a week.

Sometimes the pain is so tense I cant move because sometimes if i move the throbbing pain in my head becomes worse.

So been a single mother of 3 is very difficult when i get the pain. I am on no med because I have not seen a doctor.

If this a migraine what type is it or is it just a headache?

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  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    It’s really important for you to know that the only way you can be diagnosed is to see a doctor. A headache specialist would be your best bet if you have one nearby. That said, some of the symptoms you’ve mentioned would be consistent with Migraine. They could also be consistent with other disorders as well, and those need to first be ruled out. If it is a Migraine, getting proper treatment very early in the attack is usually best. A good doctor can help you decide if preventive treatment is a good option as well. First thing to do is to educate yourself so when you go in for your appointment you can have a good discussion with the doctor. Hang in there… having headache disorders takes much patience…

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Faith, I have seen that happen frequently with TN patients. Not so frequently for Migraineurs. I have had a TN diagnosis along with glossopharyngeal neuralgia and Migraine – the cherry on top, lol. Have you looked into surgery yet??

  • Faith Morgan
    8 years ago

    Look for my pain story on US Pain Foundation’s website. Was misdiagnosed with migraines for thirty five years, now know that I have Trigeminal Neuralgia.

  • Sally Colby Scholle
    8 years ago

    I started the day just fine, and this afternoon, within minutes, a migraine zapped everything out of me. For me, it’s the speed at which it (headache vs migraine) hits and accelerates. The discomfort sometimes starts out the same, but for me, a migraine becomes out of control quite quickly so it’s always worth taking something immediately. It took me quite a while to recognize the early signs of migraine, but I sure know now.

  • Lanna J. Quigley
    8 years ago

    Thx for sharing.

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