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Table 5 Characteristics to distinguish between migraine and tension-type headache

From: Reference programme: diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders and facial pain. Danish Headache Society, 3rd edition, 2020

  Migraine Tension-type headache
Time pattern Attacks lasting 4–72 h Varies, from episodes lasting 30 min to a continuous headache
Headache characteristics Frequently unilateral and pulsating. Aggrevation by physical activity Frequently bilateral and pressing. Normally no aggravation by physical activity
Intensity Tyically moderate to servere Typically mild to moderate
Accompanying symptoms Frequent nausea and/or vomiting, photophobia or phonophobia None or only mild nausea, photophobia or phonophobia