Migraines and chronic headaches can be debilitating, and they often affect much more than your health. Left untreated, they can affect people's ability to work or engage in activities with loved ones.
Here at Merriam Park Acupuncture, we can help you understand the cause of the pain and alleviate it, too.
A migraine is characterized by intense, throbbing pain mainly felt on one side of the head. Headaches typically involve mild, dull pressure felt throughout the forehead, scalp, or neck.
A migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head. They are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light, sound and smell.
Some may also experience an aura, a slight to severe visual disturbance. Pain can be moderate to intensely severe, and they typically last from two to 72 hours. About 15 percent of the world population struggles with migraines. But those going through significant hormonal changes seem to be the most affected.
- Pain behind eye, ear, and/or temples
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Visual disturbances: flashing lights, spots, auras, vision loss
Chronic headaches occur for at least 15 days a month, for longer than three months. They can occur anywhere on the head, but they mostly manifest as either tension (across the forehead, temple to temple), cluster (a smaller, more piercing pain, usually around the eye), or sinus (often accompanied by congestion).
The level of pain is typically lower than that of a migraine. But because they occur more often, they can affect your life in the same way. Depending on the type, headaches can last 30 minutes to a week.
- Daily headaches for at least 15 days/month
- Mild, dull pressure
- Sensation located throughout skull
- Short episodes of severe pain, usually around one eye
Stress, diet, hormones, sleep disturbances, and environmental factors can cause chronic headaches.