Switch Language

The Difference
Between Migraine And
Tension Headaches [5]

Both Migraine and Tension headaches cause pain that most of the people worldwide are familiar with.

Globally, it has been estimated that half to three quarters of the adults aged 18 - 65 years in the world have had at least one headache in 2015 and, among those individuals, 30% or more have reported a migraine.

A headache on 15 or more days every month affects 1.7 - 4% of the world’s adult population. Despite regional variations, headache disorders are a worldwide problem, affecting people of all ages, races, income levels and geographical areas. Tension-type headache (“TTH”) is the most common primary headache disorder with episodic TTH is reported by more than 70% of some populations; chronic TTH affects 1 - 3% of adults.

TENSION HEADACHES [5, 6]

  • Often felt as stiffness in neck & pressure behind the eyes [5]
  • Usually related to stress, and anxiety
  • Untreated tension headaches may last 30 minutes to several days
  • Episodic tensional headache attacks usually last a few hours, but can persist for several days. When the incidence is more than 15 days a month for at least 3 months in a row, the condition is described as a chronic headache.

MIGRAINE HEADACHES

  • More common in women, especially during Adulthood [7]

  • Most common symptom is a severe throbbing pain in the head - may also include nausea and light-and-noise sensitivity [8]

  • Without treatment, they may last 4 to 72 hours [8]

  • Can be preceded by other symptoms or by the so-called, “aura”,
    when a person experiences flashing lights in their field of vision [7]

  • It’s possible to control migraine attacks more effectively if you avoid your personal trigger factors and takes the right migraine medicine or pain reliever in time [7, 9]