Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #66

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    I'm 26 and for the past 15 years I've had an occasional "traditional" migraine---aura, numbness, pain, etc. If I can get to sleep right away I sleep for a few hours and wake up feeling better. But in the two years or so I have had headaches that feel like migraines but don't come with an aura or numbness. When I go to sleep with this headache, I wake up with the same headache. Are these two different kinds of headaches? Does sleeping only help relieve certain kinds of migraines? Thanks, Emily.


    Dear Emily;

    It's entirely possible to have different kinds of Migraines. For example, most people who have Migraine with aura also have Migraine without aura. It's actually unusual for a Migraineur to have an aura with every Migraine attack. It's also possible to have both Migraines and headaches such as tension-type headaches.

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    Sleep will often stop the Migraine process in the brain, but not all sleep is the same.

    Many people find that sleep stops the Migraine, but only if they're able to get deep, restful sleep.

    You really need to consult your doctor about these newer "headaches."

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 07, 2007