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Migraine Symptoms

October 21, 2013

Migraine headaches can be very severe and can feel like stabbing pain in the temples and eyes of the sufferer. Knowing the signs and symptoms of these types of headaches is basically the beginning of searching for a treatment to address the pain.

Migraine headaches can sometimes be preceded by signs of an approaching migraine attack. These signs can be used to help the doctor diagnose the migraine and help him formulate a right plan of treatment.

Prodrome is the term used to denote that a migraine attack is on its way. “Migraine with aura” describes a person who experiences an aura prior to a migraine attack. The aura might manifest hours or even a whole day before the actual headache comes.

Some migraine auras can be described like these:

  • Zigzag pattern
  • Shiny stars or spots
  • Blind spots (like what one experiences immediately after looking directly at the sun)

Some auras affect the senses and can trigger conditions like:

  • Speech problems
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

Some non-aura signs that precede a migraine attack are also often experienced by migraine sufferers. They can include:

  • Cravings for sweets
  • Extreme thirst
  • Increased energy
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Migraine Headache Symptoms

Some sufferers may not experience the aforementioned warning signs. To help them know that they have migraine, they need to identify its symptoms that are totally distinct from a typical headache. If you have experienced the following symptoms, chances are you suffer from migraine headache:

  • Dramatic onset of pain
  • Sensitivity to certain smells
  • Sound sensitivities
  • Photophobia or light sensitivity
  • Nausea accompanied or not accompanied by vomiting
  • Intense stabbing pain

One other difference from typical headaches, a migraine headache often is severe from beginning to end. Physical activity and bright lights can amplify the headache. These are some signs and symptoms of a migraine headache.

Identifying the signs and symptoms of migraine is essential in precisely diagnosing this severe condition. You need to pay attention, even writing down the symptoms you experience. You can then report them during your appointment with your physician. Knowing the warning signs can lead to a more faster and effective treatment and/or migraine pain relief.


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