Question: How Do I Know If Its A Migraine Or A Stroke?

What does stroke headache feel like?

People will often describe a stroke headache as the “worst of my life” or say that it appeared like a “thunderclap”—a very severe headache that comes on with in seconds or minutes.

The pain generally won’t be throbbing or develop gradually like a migraine.

Rather, it will hit hard and fast..

When should you go to the ER for a headache?

The best reason for an ER visit is for unusual symptoms that are new to you. You may seek attention to make sure there is no chance of another problem such as aneurysm or meningitis. A severe headache that starts very suddenly (within a second or two) can mean another disorder such as stroke.

What is a silent stroke?

You could have a stroke and not know it. It’s called silent cerebral infarction (SCI), or “silent stroke.” Silent stroke is likely caused by a blood clot that interrupts blood flow in the brain. It’s a risk factor for future strokes and a sign of progressive brain damage.

Are there warning signs days before a stroke?

Warning signs of an ischemic stroke may be evident as early as seven days before an attack and require urgent treatment to prevent serious damage to the brain, according to a study of stroke patients published in the March 8, 2005 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

What is pre stroke?

A pre-stroke, also known as transient ischemic attacks (TIA), occurs when there is a brief lack of blood flow to the brain. The manifestation is similar to that of a stroke, but it disappears within 24 hours, leaving no permanent disabilities.

What is happening in the brain during a migraine?

One aspect of migraine pain theory explains that migraine pain happens due to waves of activity by groups of excitable brain cells. These trigger chemicals, such as serotonin, to narrow blood vessels. Serotonin is a chemical necessary for communication between nerve cells.

What happens right before a stroke?

Sometimes a stroke happens gradually, but you’re likely to have one or more sudden symptoms like these: Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side. Confusion or trouble understanding other people. Difficulty speaking.

Are migraines like small strokes?

It is possible for a headache that feels like a migraine to occur during a stroke. A migraine aura may resemble a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a “mini-stroke” (a temporary stroke that resolves symptoms quickly without residual or long-term disability).

What is a wake up stroke?

Wake-up stroke, defined as the situation where a patient awakens with stroke symptoms that were not present prior to falling asleep, represents roughly 1 in 5 acute ischemic strokes and remains a therapeutic dilemma.

Can a stroke be mistaken for a migraine?

Migraines have not been shown to cause stroke, but if you have migraine with aura you have a very slightly higher risk of stroke. This guide explains more about migraine, and lists some useful organisations. Stroke and migraine both happen in the brain, and sometimes the symptoms of a migraine can mimic a stroke.

What is a silent migraine?

“Typical aura without headache”—previously known as “acephalgic migraine” and sometimes called “silent” migraine—is when someone has a migraine aura without any head pain. Typical aura without headache, despite a lack of head pain, can still be disabling for those who live with it.

How do you tell the difference between a migraine and an aneurysm?

Important Differences Between Migraine and Aneurysm Symptoms The pain from a ruptured brain aneurysm is often described as the worst headache of a person’s life. The pain comes on more suddenly and is more severe than any previous headaches or migraines. In contrast, migraine headaches usually come on gradually.

Are there warning signs for stroke?

Signs of Stroke in Men and Women Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.

Can a stroke go unnoticed?

Some people have strokes without realizing it. They’re called silent strokes, and they either have no easy-to-recognize symptoms, or you don’t remember them. But they do cause permanent damage in your brain. If you’ve had more than one silent stroke, you may have thinking and memory problems.