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Is It a Headache or Migraine?

ID Your Ache

More than half of all migraine sufferers are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with tension or sinus headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation. Here's how to tell what's what.

Tension (most common)

Feels like: A mild pressing or tightening pain in the forehead, temples, or back of the head that's not worsened by activity. About 88 percent of women get tension headaches.

Migraine (more common in women)

Feels like: Moderate to severe pain on one side of the forehead or in one temple that worsens with activity; the exact opposite of a tension headache. You may also experience nausea and/or vomiting and have increased sensitivity to light and sound. Less than a third of sufferers have "aura" -- flashes of light and blind spots. About 18 percent of women get migraines.

Sinus (rare)

Feels like: Pain and pressure around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead, along with nasal stuffiness, yellow or green discharge, and even fever and chills. These symptoms are treated with antibiotics and decongestants. Most people who think they have a sinus headache actually have a sinus infection or a migraine.

Go Natural

Nearly 40 percent of people suffering from migraines could benefit from preventive therapy, but less than 14 percent use it, according to data from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. Talk to your doctor about taking one or all of these herbal and vitamin supplements. Recent studies show the following to be effective.

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Reduction in migraines
Recommended dose
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 59 percent 400 milligrams a day
Butterbur (Look for the brand Petadolex, from which butterbur’s potentially liver toxic chemicals have been removed.) 48 percent 75 milligrams twice a day
Magnesium 42 percent 600 milligrams a day
Feverfew 24 percent 80 to 100 milligrams a day

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2013.


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