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Headache or Migraine

What are post-traumatic headaches?

Post-traumatic headache or migraine can begin after a car accident. Frequently, post-traumatic headaches are painful and quite debilitating. They can start immediately after a collision or within hours or even a few days.

Keep in mind, that the severity of the headaches is not always determined by the severity of the auto accident. Severe and debilitating headaches can result from relatively low-impact crashes.

What is it about a car accident that can cause a person to begin suffering from headaches?

During an automobile crash, an injury victim may suffer a blow to the head, for example, by striking their head on the steering wheel, window, or other hard surface in the car’s passenger compartment. That impact or blow to the head could be enough to trigger post-traumatic headaches in the accident victim.

Additionally, post-traumatic headaches can be the result of accidents, such as rear-end collisions, where the victim’s head and neck are violently whipped back and forth.

How long does a headache last?

A tension headache can last from 30 minutes to an entire week. A car accident victim may experience these headaches only occasionally, or nearly all the time. If headaches occur 15 or more days a month for at least three months, they’re considered chronic. If headaches occur fewer than 15 times in a month, they are headaches that are considered episodic.

What’s the difference between a headache and migraine?

Tension headaches or migraine can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from migraines. However, unlike some forms of migraine, a tension headache usually is not associated with visual disturbances like blind spots, flashing lights, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, one-sided weakness, numbness, or slurred speech. And while physical activity typically aggravates migraine pain, it does not usually make the pain of a tension headache worse.

Are headaches ever the indication that something more serious is wrong?

Absolutely, yes. For auto accident victims suffering from severe post-traumatic headaches, especially after they have experienced a blow to the head during the car accident, the presence of post-traumatic headaches may be a sign that the victims are also suffering from a traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, or even a closed head injury.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How do you know if its a migraine or headache?

    Distinguishing between a migraine and a regular headache involves considering the specific symptoms. Migraines often present with intense, throbbing pain, typically on one side of the head, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. While headaches can vary in intensity and location, migraines tend to be more severe and debilitating.

  • Is migraine serious?

    Migraines are considered a serious condition due to their potential impact on daily life and quality of living.

  • How to diagnose migraine?

    Diagnosing migraines involves a comprehensive assessment by a healthcare professional. They will typically review the patient's medical history, inquire about the nature and frequency of headaches, and conduct a physical examination.

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