With busy work schedules and demanding personal lives, there are few things worse than a headache or migraine to slow us down. While both are painful, there are differences between the two that are important to know, especially when treating them. Let’s go over some of the differences and how many of our clients in Arlington, VA are finding relief with migraine treatment.
The anatomy of a headache
Headaches are pains in your head that can manifest as pressure and aching. Pain can range from minor to severe and can be more pronounced in certain parts of your head. Headaches are most commonly felt in the forehead, back of the neck, and the temples.
The most common kind is defined as a tension headache resulting from stress, anxiety, and muscle strain. Eye strain can also cause a tension headache with our increased reliance on screens.
Headaches can occasionally point to something more severe. If you experience severe headaches beyond what would be normal, it’s important to consult a medical professional.
Dealing with headaches can consist of over-the-counter medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Activities that promote relaxation, such as a massage, can also help.
The structure of a migraine
While migraines may include head pain, it is also associated with other symptoms such as nausea, pain behind the eyes or ears, sensitivity to light, vomiting, and muscle aches and pains.
While headaches are felt on both sides of your head, a migraine can be localized to just one side. They can also come with symptoms referred to as “aura” that precedes the actual migraine. An “aura” can include a lack of alertness, tingling in hands and feet, and irritability, to name a few.
Migraines can be caused by hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, alcohol, calorie restriction, and emotional anxiety.
Treatment may require long-term solutions to manage them properly, such as changes to diet and improving sleep quality and timing. Depending on their severity, prescribed solutions may also be needed.
Many of our clients in Arlington, VA have found relief for both headaches and migraines using IV therapy. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office to see if this would be a good fit for you.