Dealing with pain or pressure in your head or face? You may be suffering from a headache. When experiencing head pain, tuning into the location and intensity of the pain can help you distinguish what type of headache it is. Knowing whether you have a tension headache or migraine headache will help you choose an appropriate treatment plan for relief.
What’s the difference between a tension headache and migraine headache?
A tension headache typically feels like a steady ache or discomfort in the head. The pain may be distracting, but not debilitating. On the other hand, a migraine is a severe, throbbing headache. If you have severe head pain and feel light-headed, nauseous, sensitive to light, or experience other visual disturbances, you may be suffering from a migraine.
Migraines affect 1 billion people worldwide and disproportionately affect women. Nearly 85 percent of all chronic migraine sufferers are female. Migraine headaches are most common for people between the ages of 25 and 55. If your family has a history of migraines, you may have a genetic predisposition to migraines.