What is a Migraine?

A migraine is a type of headache that can occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or extreme sensitivity to light and sound. In many cases, a throbbing pain or pulsing sensation is felt in one side of the head.

Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to even days. They can be so severe and debilitating.

Some migraines are preceded by warning symptoms, called an aura, which causes flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg.

Medications can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. However, if treatment hasn’t worked for you in the past, please call our office to learn more about our innovative procedure for long term migraine relief.

Migraine Tension Headache
Characteristics of pain Deep throbbing and pulsating Dull and pressure-like pain in the head. It may also produce a feeling of pressure similar to the sensation caused by the placement of a vice or a tight band on the head and/or around the neck.
Location of pain Deep stabbing pain around the temple or the eye The pain is typically generalized, with areas of more intense pain in the scalp, forehead, temples or the back of the neck. Usually bilateral.
Severity of pain Ranging from moderate to very severe Mild to moderate in severity
Time of onset Long headache that gradually peaks around 4-24 hours Pain develops gradually, fluctuates in severity, and then can remain for several days
Triggers Bright lights, loud noises, changes in sleep patterns, exposure to smoke, skipping meals etc. Stress
Migraine-specific Symptoms
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Aura before headache
  • Nausea or vomiting