I’m confused about medication overuse headache. It is a rebound HEADACHE or a rebound MIGRAINE. If I’m having all of my usual Migraine symptoms – nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound – what is it? A Migraine or medication overuse headache? Please help! Thank you, Confused in Chicago.
Dear Confused in Chicago; This is a great question and we’re not sure it has a definitive answer. Medication overuse headache (MOH) is a separate headache disorder diagnosis, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a separate headache. It seems that to develop MOH, one needs to have a headache disorder already. So, for some people, MOH is that annoying headache that occurs continuously between Migraines. For others, it seems to become a trigger for increased migraine frequency.
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