Have you ever had such intense pain in your head that you questioned whether it was a migraine or perhaps something more serious, like a brain aneurysm?

It is actually possible to mistake one for the other. It goes without saying that this is a mistake you will want to avoid. Knowing the difference between a migraine and an aneurysm can be lifesaving.

One of the most obvious ways to tell the difference between a migraine and a brain aneurysm is how they begin. A migraine will usually come on gradually, becoming more severe. A brain aneurysm is often described as a “thunderclap” – a pain that comes on instantly and is extremely intense.

There is no cure for migraine headaches but you can take an active role in reducing how often they occur and how severe they are. Read more about migraines here. If you experience an instant and extreme pain in your head, please seek immediate medical assistance.

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