All headaches are not created equal. And while they vary in the types and symptoms, there is one thing all headaches have in common—they cause unwanted pain. But when you’re feeling that pulsating pressure in your head, it can be hard to decide if you’re experiencing a typical headache or if you’re having a more serious migraine. It’s important that you know the difference; knowing exactly what you’re experiencing means receiving faster relief through the right applications. While very unpleasant, headaches typically occur on both sides of your head and can cause mild or severe pains. But that’s just it—they’re usually just unwanted pain in your head or the back of your neck.
Migraine headaches on the other hand are never mild. They cause intense or severe pain that makes going about your normal daily routine near impossible. They can affect both sides of your head, but many times they only affect one side. And it’s not just head pain. Migraine headaches also have accompanying symptoms.
There are a variety of migraine headache symptoms people face. You could experience one symptom or a combination of common symptoms, including:
- Pain on one or both sides of your head
- Pulsating, throbbing pains
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, and unusual smells
- Blurred vision
- Seeing flashing lights or spots
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pains
- Sinus symptoms (stuffy nose, watery eyes, etc.)
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble falling asleep and getting a good night’s sleep
The above mentioned symptoms are typically experienced during a migraine attack. But, some migraine sufferers might experience symptoms one or two days before the actual migraine hits. These happen during what’s called the prodrome phase and can include:
- Neck stiffness
- Mood changes (depressed, irritable, etc.)
- Food cravings
- Uncontrollable yawning
Some migraine sufferers experience aura. Auras are nervous system symptoms. They’re sensations one experiences right before a migraine attack. Each aura symptom usually starts happening gradually and then can last anywhere between five minutes and one hour. Normal aura symptoms include:
- Visual phenomena, i.e. seeing flashes of light, bright spots or different shapes
- Vision loss
- Tingling or numb sensations in hands, arms, legs, or face
- Trouble thinking or focusing
- Unusual sense of touch, taste, or smell
Most who experience migraine headaches do so without aura, but just because you never have, doesn’t mean you never will, so it’s good to know the symptoms you could experience.
Many migraine headache sufferers experience ocular migraine symptoms. They deal with vision problems and sensitivity to light, which is just what our migraine glasses and sunglasses are meant to help with. Light causes pain, and Axon Optics lenses are there to block that painful light and provide you better comfort.