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How To Deal With Headaches And Migraines So They Don't Ruin Your Life

For HuffPost Wellness' series 'Living With,' we're giving you a guide to navigating conditions that affect your mind and body.

If you’re a human being living on this planet, chances are you’ve experienced a headache in your lifetime. And if you’re incredibly blessed (read: unlucky), then perhaps you’ve encountered a migraine, too. The signs are hard to miss ― throbbing, sensitivity to light, an inability to focus ― and they’re totally debilitating.

Headaches and migraines can throw off your entire schedule, making it impossible to concentrate at work, be present with your family or even leave your bed. That’s why in April, we’re tackling all the frustrations that come with the conditions and we’re giving you a guide to living with them. The goal is to help you understand triggers, give you tools on how to manage the pain and provide a breakdown on how to tell the difference between different types of headaches and migraines (no, they’re not all the same).

Consider this a place where you can feel supported and walk away with information that you never knew you needed. Come back throughout the month for expert-backed advice, personal essays and more. You can see them all below.

Most people don't know the signs or the difference between different types of head pain, according to doctors.
It’s difficult to understand how debilitating a migraine can be without experiencing one or knowing about the symptoms.
The Broadway star has dealt with the condition for years -- sometimes even during a performance.
Experts break down the different types of head pain, as well as their symptoms and causes.
"I started seeing weird bright lights in the corner of my eyes, and after a few minutes, I couldn’t see anything on the page."
I have been suffering from two chronic pain conditions for most of my life.