A lot of people don’t know what the differences are between a migraine and a headache. Distinguishing between the two is important, because they require different treatments. The key to understanding the difference is knowing the symptoms that each one produces.

Headaches and migraines both produce a sharp pain in the head that is difficult to ignore. With migraines, there is also the addition of nausea, light sensitivity, vomiting, pain behind the eyes, and blurry vision. Migraines tend to be more intense than just a normal headache and can last for quite a bit longer.

In some cases, headaches or migraines may become a chronic issue that decreases a person’s quality of life. In these cases, professional care is required to identify the source of the issues so that an effective treatment can be found.

If you are in need of care for chronic headaches or migraines, contact our office to schedule a consultation with neurosurgeon Dr. Nader Pouratian.