What Are the Symptoms of a Migraine Attack

What Are the Symptoms of a Migraine Attack?

• Mood swings, confusion, and anxiety

• Stiffness in the neck

• Constipation or diarrhea

• Thirst and frequent urination

Symptoms of a flashing aura migraine attack include

• Seeing a small blind spot with flashing lights and zigzag lines near it

• Loss of vision

• Needle-like, piercing pains in the hands and feet

• Weakness and numbness in the face

• Inability to speak

Symptoms of non–flashing aura migraine attack might include

• Waves of pulsing pain in the head

• A headache that begins from one side of head and spreads to the other side and eventually to the whole head (sometimes the headache affects only one side of the head)

• Nausea and vomiting

• Dizziness

• Inability to stand still

• Fatigue and malaise

• Sensitivity to bright lights or noises

A migraine is a recurrent, severe headache that often begins on one side of the head and then spreads to the other side of the head. The pain eventually engulfs the whole head. Migraine attacks are associated with nausea, vomiting, and an aversion to light, noise, or smells. In the US, 3 million people suffer from migraines, and the root cause is still unknown.

Migraines can be divided into two types:

• Flashing aura migraines. Flashing aura migraines are also known as "ocular migraines." About 30 minutes prior to a migraine attack, sufferers see a small blind spot with flashing lights or bent lines surrounding the blind spot.

• Non–flashing aura migraines. No small blind spot with flashing lights is seen before the migraine attack. Instead, sufferers might crave sweets and feel thirsty, lethargic, and depressed.

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