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Do you have to be born with migraines to have migraines?
Because I get headaches that last for a week at a time - on and off when I take tylenol regularly to keep the pain to a minimum so I can do daily tasks. The last headache that I had was really bad, lights, smells, and noise made it worse and the nausea was really bad. I had to go to bed early or I would have probably been sick.
My doctor says that it is tension headaches, but I don't think so.

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replied March 20th, 2010
Headache and Migraines Answer A10762
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem to be concerned by the headaches on and off lasting for a week at a time relieved by tylenol but aggravated by lights, smell and noise and associated with nausea.
You have been suggested the diagnosis of tension type headache which has the features of bilateral tight bandlike discomfort, not worsened by exertion and may persist more or less continuously for many days. Relaxation almost always relieves tension type headaches. But in your case with headache associated with nausea and aggravated with light, smell and noise, and a family history of migraine in first degree relatives, the diagnosis of migraine also needs serious consideration.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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