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Is It a Headache or a Migraine?

When pain, aching or intense pressure in your head begins, it can be hard to determine if it's a migraine or a headache. Sometimes, severe headaches can be mistaken for migraines and migraines can be mistaken for a bad headache. Ask yourself these questions to determine which it is next time head pain strikes.

  • Do you feel intense, pulsing or throbbing pain?
  • Do you have pain around your eyes, sides of your head/temples, face, jaw or neck?
  • Do you feel nauseous or lightheaded?
  • Are you seeing lights, an aura, spots or wavy lines?
  • Did your face or arms begin to tingle before the head pain began?
  • Does the pain get worse the more you move around? If so, does laying down make it better?
  • If throbbing pain is present, is it worse on one side of your head than the other?
  • Does it seem like you may have temporary vision problems or loss?
  • Are you feeling sensitive to lights and sounds?
  • Do your hands feel cold?

If you answered yes to several of the above questions, it's likely you are experiencing a migraine. The exact cause of migraines is still not completely understood, but learning to recognize certain triggers such as food you've eaten, what you've had to drink, your sleep patterns, weather and other potential factors can help you manage their frequency and severity.

For patients who can't seem to find relief from migraine symptoms, Dr. Buck offers what is called an SPG block. It provides immediate relief by painlessly applying an anesthetic to the cluster of nerves at the back of the nose using a soft, flexible tube. Many patients find relief from their migraines symptoms for up to three months after having an SPG bock performed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Buck, call our office today at 425-409-2086.

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