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Migraines: What a Pain! What is a migraine?

Migraine

A migraine is more than just a headache.3 A migraine is a special type of headache that is very painful and many people are also nauseated, dizzy, sensitive to light and sound, or vomit.9 The pain from a migraine often feels like a pounding or throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. This headache pain is worse when you move.9

Did you know?

Did You Know?

About 2.7 million Canadians suffer with migraines.4

How is a migraine different from a headache?

The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Most tension headaches feel like a dull pain on the front, top and usually on both sides of your head, kind of like someone has put a tight rubber band around your head.9 Most people with tension headaches don’t feel sick to their stomachs or feel sensitive to light and sound.

Did you know?

Did You Know?

The four most common types of headaches are: sinus, cluster, tension and migraine. You can usually tell them apart by the type and location of the pain (see Figure 1).


Figure 1. Type of headaches

Headaches

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