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How are migraines sometimes misdiagnosed?

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Migraine headaches are sometimes misdiagnosed as a sinus headache or a tension-type headache. That's because migraines can give you pain in your sinus, jaw, or neck area.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

The Mayo Clinic: "Migraine Symptoms and Causes."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Migraine Fact Sheet."

Neuhauser, H. , Feb. 27, 2001. Neurology

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

Quintela, E. , September 2006. Cephalalgia

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on August 09, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

The Mayo Clinic: "Migraine Symptoms and Causes."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Migraine Fact Sheet."

Neuhauser, H. , Feb. 27, 2001. Neurology

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

Quintela, E. , September 2006. Cephalalgia

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on August 09, 2017

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