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11 Reasons Why Migraines Aren’t Regular Headaches

No loud noises, please.

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And if sickening chunks of pulstating neon tartan are obscuring important historical landmarks, go to bed immediately.

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Around 15% of migraines start with visual disturbances called ‘aura’, which can seriously affect your ability to see. Some people even go temporarily blind.

NB: migraines don’t just occur in London.

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Then again, you might be one of those people that gets migraine auras without any pain at all and just walk around with a light show dancing across your retinas.

In which case, once they start developing apps for the cerebral cortex, your Instagram feed is going to be amazing.

2. With regular headaches, you don’t suddenly get stupider four hours earlier.

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But migraines are often preceded by extreme tiredness, cravings, crankiness and cognitive problems. For many people, these are useful signs that they should batten down the hatches. For others, including the author, these symptoms just signify that it's Tuesday.

3. Regular headaches don’t turn you into Nosferatu.

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Bright and even moderate light can can aggravate the bit of your brain that's active during a migraine, which means that I am perfectly within my rights to wear these sunglasses indoors and do not by any stretch of the imagination look like a knobend.

5. Regular headaches don’t cause severe pain.

At least they shouldn't. If you're experiencing a festival of intense throbbing on one side of your head, it's probably a migraine. See your doctor.

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6. You can’t get a regular headache in your stomach.

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But if you have a nauseous stomach ache that lasts between one and 72 hours, guess what? It might be an abdominal migraine, because apparently these exist, too.

7. Regular headaches don’t make your stomach stop working.

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Migraines slow digestive processes, so people with migraines need to take their medicine as soon as possible - before they're even sure it's definitely a migraine - in case their stomachs stop absorbing food.

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12. Regular headaches don’t give you week-long hangovers.

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Again, only migraine and cheap cider can do this. Although cheap cider doesn't make you sit through eight repeats of Gossip Girl with a hot water bottle clamped to your shoulder blades.

Obviously if you think you're having migraines - or even if you're having too many headaches - see your doctor.

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