Blurred vision, numbness, tingling - Tension headache or Migraine?

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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.

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Dear 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.

Good luck,
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