I’ve had a headache every day for a week and today was the same. Then about 3:00 I heard some loud music and suddenly my headache was a lot worse, throbbing and I felt really nauseaus. I had to go lie down and my head hurt so bad. Any light and sound made it 3x worse, which I’ve heard is a migraine. It finally went away about 2 hours later after laying down and taking Excedrin. How do you know the difference between a migraine and headache and is there anything a doctor can do or would he just tell me to take OTC medicine?
No, your headache is not necessarily a migraine. Both migraines and headaches can cause sensitivity to light, nausea, and sound. There is a type of headache called Daily Persistant Headache that causes all three of these symptoms. Migraines are typically one sided, and the pain is usually located near the front of the head (around one of your temples). There is definitely something a doctor a can do. If you are diagnosed with migraines, you can be put on preventative medication. This won’t eliminate your migraines, but it will help. Your doctor can also help prescribe you a medication to take when you get a migraine, such as Zomig, Imitrex, Midrin, or Axert. Here is a list of various types of migraines and headaches: http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/types-of-headaches.html . It may be of further help to you. Good luck, and I hope that you get to feeling better!
on: 29th August 07