In this table, you’ll find the common features of migraines and tension-type headaches that many tell us they have. Keep in mind that everyone has different experiences with headaches. For example, your headaches might last longer/shorter, feel more/less intense, or feel a little different than what’s described in this table.
You can use this chart to help figure out which type(s) of headaches you may have. But remember, only a doctor can tell you exactly which type of headache you have for sure, so please talk with your doctor about your experience with headaches in detail!
It’s possible to have both tension-type headaches and migraines. In this case, it is even more important to be able to tell the two apart so you know what might help!
…to tell tension-type headaches and migraines apart is the bounce test. Watch the following video for instructions on how to do this. If your pain gets worse, it may indicate a migraine. If your pain doesn’t get worse, or even gets better with movement, it’s probably a tension-type headache.