Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “MAGICAL HEADACHE to remember about the Differential Diagnosis of Migraine

⚡Mnemonic⚡: Differential Diagnosis of MigraineM: “Medication Overuse Headache” – Rebound headaches caused by excessive use of acute headache medications like triptans.

A: “Aneurysm” – Cerebral aneurysms can sometimes present with headache as a symptom.

G: “Glaucoma” – Acute angle-closure glaucoma can cause severe eye pain and headache.

I: “Intracranial Hypertension” – Increased pressure within the skull can lead to headache.

C: “Cluster Headache” – These headaches often occur in clusters and are extremely painful.

A: “Acute Sinusitis” – Inflamed sinuses can mimic migraine symptoms.

L: “Lyme Disease” – Tick-borne illness can lead to neurological symptoms, including headache.

H: “Hemicrania Continua” – A rare type of primary headache disorder affecting one side of the head.

E: “Epilepsy” – Seizures can sometimes be mistaken for migraines.

A: “Arteritis” – Giant cell arteritis or other types of vasculitis can cause headache.

D: “Dental Issues” – Dental problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can lead to referred headaches.

A: “AIDS-related Neurological Complications” – In advanced HIV infection, various neurological problems can cause headaches.

C: “Cervical Artery Dissection” – A tear in the carotid or vertebral arteries can result in severe headaches.

H: “Hypoglycemia” – Low blood sugar levels can trigger migraine-like symptoms.

E: “Ergotism” – Consumption of ergot-contaminated grains can lead to severe headaches.

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Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department