Supported by Veterans Administration Medical Research and NIMH Grant MH26316.
Classification of Migraine and Tension Headache from a Survey of 10,000 Headache Diaries
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 25–29, January 1981
How to Cite
Cohen, M. J. and McArthur, D. L. (1981), Classification of Migraine and Tension Headache from a Survey of 10,000 Headache Diaries. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 21: 25–29. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1981.hed2101025.x
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: March 11, 1980.
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Descriptions of migraine and muscle tension headaches have been based primarily on retrospective medical histories. To obtain a more accurate picture of symptoms patients use to classify these headaches, a sample of 10,000 headaches was gathered from daily diaries. Patients experiencing both migraine and tension headaches are able to differentiate these disorders consistently, using moderate ratings of intensity, low ratings of disability, and short length for tension headaches, and ratings of relatively high intensity and disability, moderately long duration, and occasional gastrointestinal upset for migraine headaches. These configurations confirm the general view obtained from medical histories.