Tension headaches are more common than migraines and usually will disappear within a few hours. Migraines on the other hand, often are more severe and last between 4 and 72 hours.

Tension headaches are often felt on both sides of the head and can feel like a tight pressure

. The pain is commonly around the temples and can also be associated with neck and shoulder tightness. Migraines on the other hand, are usually a throbbing pain that is located around the eyes or temples. The migraine pain often gets worse with increased physical activity while laying down or sleeping will commonly relieve some of the pain.

Migraines may also be associated with or without aura, flashing lights, or dots in the eyes. Other migraine symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and/or sound, and tingling in the arm or face. Tension headaches do not have these additional symptoms.