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Yesterday I had blurred vision to my right field of vision in both eyes followed by a slight headache, then numbness and tingling to the right side of my head. The ED doc said it was a tension headache. Are these common signs and symptoms tension headaches or migraine? Should I go to a neurologist for a second opinion? Kimberly.
The symptoms you describe are not typical of tension-type headache. Take a look at Tension-Type Headaches - the Basics . They are fairly common Migraine symptoms. You can find information about the possible phases of a Migraine attack and the potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine .
If you're already seeing a neurologist, getting his or her opinion would be the way to go. If you're not, chances are that you'll need to wait for an appointment. In that case, start with your family doctor.
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The association between neck pain and migraines was a mystery for quite some time. After some research was published, many of us talked with our doctors and found that the neck pain we thought was triggering some of our migraines was actually a symptom of our migraines. A recent study took a look at the prevalence of neck pain in both migraine and tension-type headache .
"We assessed the prevalence of neck pain in the population in relation to headache."
A total of 797 individuals completed an interview and provided self-reported data on neck pain.
Participants with migraine (M), tension-type headache (TTH), or both migraine and TTH (M+TTH) were identified and grouped.
Pericranial tenderness was recorded in 496 participants.
A total tenderness score (TTS) was calculated as the sum of local scores with a maximum score of 48.
The one-year prevalence of neck pain was 68.4% and higher in those with migraine and TTH vs. those w...
Headache - mixed tension migraine
Headache on one or both sides
Throbbing pain May feel dull, tight, or like a band around the head Pain varies from mild to severe May get worse with activity May last 4 - 72 hours (in some people, the headaches may occur every day)
Nausea or vomiting
Sensitivity to light or sound
Numbness, tingling, weakness
Signs and tests
Your doctor will perform a physical exam, including a detailed examination of your nervous system, and ask you about your symptoms and family history.
Tests that may be done include:
CT or MRI of the head and neck
Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
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