Can You Have Migraine With Mild Headache

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Asked by capricorn10

Can You Have Migraine With Mild Headache

Hi,

I think I suffer from migraines, but I'm not sure. All my life I've periodically had headaches. Sometimes, but not always, I've needed to lie in the dark - but not in excruciating pain. More a light to moderate headache with a strong "tight" kind of feeling in the head, as if there were a little pressure in my skull, and my scin was tightenting in patches in the same area.

As these headaches are coming on, I do tend to stumble over words, and find I have to just stop and purposefully think hard to do regular things. This merges into a mild headache/strange head feeling for an hour up to a day, and I usually feel dopey and strange for about another day. The experience tends to cluster - might happen a few times in a week, then nothing for months.

Once - only - I had a very distinct visual aura effect, and for this reason the doc said I'd had a migraine.

In general though - does this sound like migraine? If it is, I guess I'm lucky. What do people think?

Cap.

Answer

Ok, so if the doctors diagnosed you with Migraine - your question is - can you have a "mild" headache when the Migraine attack occurs? Is that correct?

Of course you can! Migraine pain is not always a 9 or 10. A Migraine is not just a headache. Migraine has now been shown to be a genetic neurological disease characterized by flare-ups often called "Migraine attacks." A headache can be one symptom of a Migraine attack, but it's just that -- one of the possible symptoms. Read more about this in Migraine - What Is It?

One of the most important things is to get an accurate diagnosis. To simplify matters and make it easier for people to get information and treatment, doctors usually go by the gold standard for diagnosis, the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). You can read more about the importance of a correct diagnosis in The Type of Migraine Does Matter and Ocular, Optical, and Ophthalmic Migraines.

I hope this helps,

Nancy

Answered by Nancy Harris Bonk