A frequent question I hear from my patients is “how do I know if I’m having a migraine?”
If you're someone who's ever suffered from a migraine, you’re probably thinking “trust me, you’ll know if you’re having one!" And, as a neurologist who has treated thousands of migraine patients (and suffers from them myself) the difference between a migraine and a regular tension headache seems very clear to me, too.
But this is not always easy, and headache doctors don’t always agree on any particular headache patient. So, if you’re experiencing your first one or you’ve never been diagnosed as a “migraineur," recognizing your head pain as a migraine can be confusing.
If you have recurrent headaches or suspect you may be suffering from migraines, use this guide to migraine symptoms to help you correctly recognize a migraine and decide when it’s time to get medical attention.