We’ve all been there. The experience of sharp headache pain that prevents the accomplishment of even the most mundane daily activities. Worse yet is the experience of an agonizing migraine. What exactly is the difference between a headache and a migraine? Knowing the answer can lead to a faster diagnosis, and most importantly, faster relief.

What is a headache?

Headaches are pains in the head that cause pressure and aching. This pain ranges from mild to severe and is usually present on both sides of the head. Headaches can also occur in the forehead, the temples, and at the back of the neck.

The most common type of headache is a tension headache, according to the Mayo Clinic. Triggers for headaches include stress, muscle strain, and anxiety.

Treating Headaches

Most headaches are treated with over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin. Always follow the instructions on the back of the bottle or consult with our BioMed team when taking over-the-counter pain medication. 

Other common treatment methods for headaches include relaxation techniques. Because most headaches are brought on by stress, practices that alleviate stress can be effective in combating headaches. Examples of these methods include:

  • Heat therapy, such as taking a warm shower or applying a warm compress
  • Meditation
  • Stretching
  • Massage

What is a migraine?

Migraine pain is much more severe than headache pain, and typically affects only one side of the head. Migraine symptoms also include: 

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light/sound
  • Pain behind one eye or ear

Some migraine sufferers experience symptoms a day or two before the actual migraine occurs, a stage known as the “prodrome” phase. Some of these early symptoms include:

  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Neck stiffness

Migraine Causes

Understanding what causes a migraine can be helpful in preventing the onset of one. The most common migraine triggers include: 

  • Stress
  • Hunger
  • Lack of sleep
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Hormonal changes
  • Food allergies 

Treating Migraines

One of the most effective treatments for migraines is prevention. A doctor may prescribe the following preventive methods for migraine treatment:

  • Changes to diet. Alcohol and caffeine often lead to migraines
  • Prescription medications. Antidepressants and blood pressure-lowering medicines may eliminate or greatly reduce the number of migraines you experience. 
  • Botulinum toxin A injections. More commonly referred to as Botox, this is also an effective way to prevent migraines for some patients.

Migraines & IV Treatment

Vitality IV administers safe and effective intravenous treatment to alleviate migraine symptoms. The BioClassic, a 60-minute treatment, is a medical-grade blend of essential B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin C, and vital minerals. It’s perfect for enhancing general well-being as well as easing symptoms of a variety of ailments including migraines.

IV Therapy for Migraines in Providence, RI

Vitality IV delivers nutrients and vitamins directly into the bloodstream to help combat the debilitating effects of migraine headaches. Beth VanWormer, CphT, Anthony Spardello, and the team at Vitality IV can demonstrate how IV infusions can help alleviate the pain of headaches and migraines, allowing you to be yourself once again. Call (401) 443-4007 for a consultation or make an appointment online today.