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There are obviously several types of headaches that are described as migraine. To help in the differential diagnosis of this malady there are several simple things you can do. Palpate the sides of te head and jaw. Soreness there will indicate a possible muscle spasm that might be interpereted as a migrane. The temporalis ares of the head are particularly susceptible to this. Does movement of your mandible or pain in the joint upon opening and/or closing cause pain? If you place small evenly sized peices of gauze between your teeth for a period of time (30m minutes or more) do you get a relief of symptoms? Are you a bruxer (do you grind or clench your teeth at night or other times of the day)? As if you haven't figured it out by now, these are some of the ways that I use do determine if I can treat some of my patients for head pain. Many I cannot. By following these suggestions you MAY be able to determine if your headaches are of dental or occlusal origin or if they from some other source.

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