by Celeste Cooper
Sinus and tension headaches are often misdiagnosed as migraine and confusingly enough the opposite can be true. This is why you need to be under the care of a specialist if your severe headaches are chronic.
A hemiplegic migraine is a vascular headache that causes one-sided weakness or sometimes paralysis that lasts beyond the event. Hemiplegic migraine is a sub-type of migraine with aura (classical migraine). Three genetic markers have been identified.
Ocular migraine is sometimes non-painful or can be accompanied by other symptoms of migraine. It causes temporary loss of vision or blind spots in the visual fiend in one eye. This can be very scary unless and until a diagnosis is made. They can last for hours or several days. They are also described as retinal, ophthalmic, or monocular.
Tension headache is often associated with tight muscles indicating the involvement of myofascial trigger points. They can also be perpetuated by cervical (neck) disease. Sometimes these are called cervicogenic migraine and can be episodic or chronic. I recommend Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches & Migraines, by Valerie DeLaune.
According to the International Headache Society, miscellaneous headaches are classified as, idiopathic stabbing headache, external compression headache, benign cough headache, benign exertional headache, and headache associated with sexual activity.
I know personally that migraines and severe headache can be disabling and life limiting when they are chronic. Seek help from someone who is specialized in the management of chronic migraine or severe headache as new advances are being made every day.