Your head hurts – that much you know.

But what sets a migraine apart from other types of headaches is that the pain is moderate to severe, often one-sided, throbbing, and accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and neurological symptoms like sensitivity to light, explains neurologist Stephen Silberstein.

But that’s just the beginning, Silberstein says.

There are many types of migraines – all of which are identified by their dominant symptom.

Knowing what’s going on with your head can put you on the road to being pain-free.

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Thunderclap headache
Thunderclap headache

This type of migraine comes on fast and strong.

“If you have a sudden onset of an acute headache, consider it something bad until proven otherwise,” says Dr. Silberstein.

Not to scare you, but the “worst head pain of your life” can be a brain haemorrhage, for instance, he warns.

Seek emergency care, particularly if you’re a woman over 50 since you’re already at an increased risk for stroke.


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