Other Symptoms Might Be Worse Than Pain
One of the biggest distinctions between migraines and other headaches is that pain is not the only symptom. In fact, it’s often not the primary symptom. Some people even get “silent migraines” where they don’t experience migraine pain and only have the other symptoms.
Besides pain, migraine symptoms can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Light sensitivity
- Distorted vision
- Visual artifacts like lights or spots
- Sound sensitivity
When a migraine hits, the pain might be severe–it often is–but the accompanying symptoms often make migraine disabling. It is hard to do anything when hit by severe nausea. Nor can people do much work or recreation when they have light sensitivity. Distorted vision and visual artifacts can lead to serious errors if a person tries to work. Vertigo can be dangerous for people working with or around heavy machinery, heights, or poisonous chemicals. On top of this, the depression that comes with migraine can be crippling.
This means you can’t treat migraines simply with pain medication. Pain medication might be part of your treatment, but it is unlikely to be the sole solution.