There are different types of migraines and headaches. When you hear the term migraine, you may think of a severe headache. But did you know that a migraine is a neurological disease and there are a number of different subtypes of migraine?
Complicated Migraine – Migraine with Aura
About a quarter of people who experience migraines also experience aura. Aura sets in shortly before or during a migraine and can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.
Common Migraine – Migraine without Aura
Diagnosing migraines without aura can be difficult because the symptoms are similar to several other types of migraines.
Migraine without Head Pain
A migraine without head pain is also called a silent or acephalgic migraine, this type of migraine can be very alarming.
If you have ever had a migraine that felt more like a stroke, it was probably a hemiplegic migraine.
When a headache causes you to temporarily lose vision in one eye, it is a retinal migraine.
If you have a headache for more than 15 days a month, you’re probably suffering from chronic migraines.
This is one of the most severe types of pain that a human can experience.
When the pain in your head is caused by pain in your neck, you probably have a cervicogenic headache.
Ice Pick Headaches
Ice pick headaches feel like you’re getting stabbed in the head with an ice pick. They often come on suddenly, delivering an intense, sharp pain.
Pinpointing the cause of headaches is sometimes complicated. Focusing on where exactly your head hurts and the accompanying symptoms can help you and your doctor determine what type of migraine or headache you suffer from.
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