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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?

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  • The mission of Headache Australia is to reduce the incidence and impact of the headache disorder through the provision of community awareness and research. View Profile

    Migraines are headaches that typically last from 4-72 hours which can cause nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound.  Migraine sufferers frequently report throbbing pain that worsens with normal activity.  Migraines are associated with auras in some people. Auras are warning symptoms that may occur before you experience a migraine.  Such warning symptoms usually consist of visual disturbances such as flashing lights, or changes in smell or perception.
     
    Headaches are one of the most common symptoms experienced by humans.  They are usually harmless but can create concern about their origin.  Headaches normally present as just that with pain throughout the head.  Headaches, very infrequently, can be a pointer to a serious disease such as brain tumour or stroke.  It is for this reason that many people will seek advice from their doctor and in some cases be referred to specialist neurologists.

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