Dr. Talcott Discusses.
One of the most interesting things I’ve found in my years as a headache specialist is that most people that come to me suffering from headaches usually say something like “I don’t have migraines but I have this…” . What they end up telling me about usually does turn out to be migraine. In fact most people are shocked to learn that migraines can be a highly variable from one person to the next.
Migraines sometimes feel like sinus or neck pain. They are often on both sides of the head. There does not have to be visual loss or vomiting for a headache to be a migraine. In fact, my advice is to forget whatever you think you know about migraines and use this simple rule. If you have ever had a headache bad enough to make it hard for you to function normally, you probably have migraines.
Migraines can be very frequent or very rare. In some people they occur only once every few years. In others, they have a lower intensity form of migraine nearly every single day.
There are rare other headache types and sometimes a headache is a sign of a serious underlying medical condition, so see your doctor to find out for sure. It is especially important to seek a doctor’s care for a headache that comes on instantly or for a headache that is the most severe of your life, these can be life threatening emergencies. New onset headache and those that have strange neurological symptoms that are not typical for you (such as weakness, blindness, numbness) also require medical attention. However, the bottom line is, if you have had headaches for a long time and they are bad enough that you are looking for some relief, you probably are having migraines.