Since migraines take on many shapes and forms, it can be difficult at times to decipher the difference. We know that migraines are a specific type of headache with a variety of symptoms that require specific treatment that is often different from a regular headache. 

Additionally, it is important to note that while most headaches are harmless, in a small number of cases they might be a symptom of something more serious. Being able to spot the signs of a migraine will help you plan ahead and seek appropriate treatment when needed. To help, here are four signs your headache might be a migraine. 

You feel nauseous

Feeling nauseous combined with a headache can often signal a migraine. A small number of people might get physically ill or experience a “sour” stomach. Since this is often a sign of a migraine, sleeping for a few hours might help to ease the unpleasant feeling of being sick, as well as the pounding headache you are experiencing at the same time. A little rest can go a long way. 

You’re sensitive to light and sound 

A migraine will heighten your sensitivity to both light and sound. When exposed to bright light and noise, it can often make you feel worse than you already do. This occurs because of neurological changes taking place before you feel a throbbing pain in your head. If you lay down in a dark, quiet room, maybe even using earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, it will help ease the pain and discomfort. 

Your movement is too much

If you turn your head in even the slightest movement, you might immediately feel sick or dizzy. This might cause you to want to lay in bed with the curtains closed and not move for the rest of the day and I don’t blame you. Listen to your body. If you feel you need rest, then do it. By moving around or doing physical work, you could make your migraine worse. 

You have an aura

Another part of a migraine that many might not be aware of is an aura. Approximately one in three people experience an aura during their migraine. And sometimes that aura is the only symptom and no pain is associated. 

Auras can include blurred vision with black or coloured spots, and sometimes numbness and changes in sensation over the hand, arm, lips, tongue and face. These can last from a few minutes to an hour and normally occur before and sometimes up until the throbbing pain begins. Be sure to check with a medical professional to see if it is a migraine because a more serious condition might be present in a similar way. 

Migraines often have environmental and lifestyle triggers, such as stress, certain foods and alcohol. If you have further questions about migraines or their dental origin, contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more about migraines and what treatments are available.