Migraine and cervicogenic headache

Takeaway

  • There is significant symptomatic overlap between cervicogenic headache (CH), chronic (CM) and episodic migraine (EM); emphasizing the limitations of using pain location in the differential diagnosis of headache.

Why this matters

  • Few studies have evaluated and compared pain location, distribution, and extent in different headache types, particularly via assessment of pain drawings (PD); nor assessed their accuracy in uncovering correlations between pain features and mood or quality of life.

  • The standardization of techniques such as digitized PD may provide more detailed, accurate reports of moderate-to-severe headache, potentially leading to specifically targeted therapies, more effective treatment and more beneficial patient outcomes.