We've all experienced a headache a time or two, but do you know the difference between a headache and a migraine? Knowing the difference can help you find the correct relief.
There are a few types of common headaches:
You can help treat a headache by drinking lots of water, eating regularly, relax using breathing techniques, or taking medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Most people think migraines are just a more severe headache, but headaches are actually one of many migraine symptoms which can range in severity and length. It is a chronic neurological disease that affects the nervous system and brain chemicals. The changes in brain activity affect blood in the brain and surrounding tissues, causing a number of symptoms. Experts don't fully understand what causes migraines, but they may be due to abnormal brain activity that triggers a release of hormones like estrogen and serotonin in your body.
For help with migraines, try turning off the lights and lying down in a quiet area (migraines make you more prone to light and noise sensitivity), take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or use a cold compress on your neck.
If you are struggling with headaches and migraine pain, consider booking an appointment with one of our GOeVisit practitioners!
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