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Splitting 13 Differences Between Headaches and Migraines

Your head is pounding again – but is it a “normal” headache (like a common tension headache) or the result of a migraine? Both can have similar symptoms, but have different triggers and warning signs.

Knowing which type of headache you’re dealing with can also help you decide how to best get rid of it. Let’s take a look at 13 differences between a headache and a migraine…

1. Defining a Headache

Headaches that are caused by tension (or something else) can be similar to migraines, but with one main difference, explains MedicineNet.com. While migraines can be agitated by the slightest exertion, standard headaches are usually more “chronic and steady,” it adds.

The source explains that each type of headache can be located on either or both sides of the head, but that most people with a tension headache will complain of a “a band-like tightness or pressure” in the cranium.

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