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How to survive the 8 different types of migraine

A migraine doesn't necessarily mean you have head pain. Weakness, flashing lights, even belly pain can be a sign you're suffering from this debilitating illness. Here's how you can take control of your symptoms.

These are the 8 types of migraines - which one do you have?
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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
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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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