Migraine is not a Headache


Ann Gabriel | Vigorbuddy

Most of the time, we get confused on the difference of a migraine from a headache. People, who experience migraines immediately take over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen and pray that it works fast.

Migraines affect around 20 million Filipinos. What is a migraine exactly? Migraine has a lot of symptoms. This includes nausea and vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to sound, light, smell or touch, tingling or numbness, and vision changes.


Around 2% of these individuals. who suffer from these symptoms are chronic. It means that patients suffer from migraines around 15 or more days each month.

If you haven’t experienced a migraine, consider yourself lucky.

We interviewed individuals who suffered from migraine and here is what they told us.

“I become irritable. I cry from the pain. I can’t think straight.” Ana, 24 years old, Call Center agent

” My migraine started when I was 30 years old. I became sleepy. Sometimes I get to see wavy lines, something similar to what you see on a hot pavement or road. I feel numb on my face and there is this excruciating pain in my head.” Miguel – 33 years old, Business Development manager

“It’s like something is going on inside your head. When you close your eyes, you see sparks or something that explodes. Pain, a lot of pain. I become forgetful. There is heat being felt in your face and ears.” Christy, 26 years old, bank teller

“Imagine the feeling of having a drill running through your head. I feel it from one side of my head. It’s like a burning sensation in my head and jaw.” Isidro, 44, traffic enforcer

“On a scale of 1 to 10, my migraine feels like 6 to 7. People don’t understand how I feel when I have migraine. Even the slight whisper seems like somebody is yelling at me.” Sanja, 25, Account Executive

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