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Symptoms of Migraine



What are the signs and symptoms of migraine?

Migraine headaches are very debilitating. The pain experienced by a migraine sufferer is intense and severe often leading to nausea and vomiting with extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Below are a list of the most common migraine symptoms and answers to frequently asked questions about this health condition.

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Signs and Symptoms of Migraines
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Sensitive to light and sound

  • Aura prior to the headache (vision or sound)

  • Severe pounding headache

  • Headache is usually on one side of the head

 
 
Are there any warning signs?

In some people, they do get "warning" signs called an aura. These could include sensations of lights, blind spots and tingling feeling in the arms or legs. The aura can happen 15 to 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the migraine attack.

As well, some people may experience cravings for sweets, become depressed, excited, irritable or drowsy several hours to a day before the migraine attack. These symptoms that happen before the attack are called prodrome.

 
How long does it last and how often does it occur?

Typically, it can last for several minutes to several days. Some people get it several times per week while others may only experience it once a year or less.

 
What causes migraine attacks?

Experts do not know exactly what causes them. Migraines seem to involve an imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain, causing the blood vessels to dialate. This stretching of the blood vessels stimulates nerves and is believed to be the cause of the severe pain.

It is known that the levels of serotonin, a type of neurotransmitter, go down during an episode of migraine attack.

 
What are the risk factors and triggers for migraine headaches?

Risk Factors and Triggers for Migraines
  • Family history

  • Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men

  • Those between the age of 20 and 55

  • Lack of sleep or a state of poor health

  • Excessive exposure to bright lights

  • Smelling odours such as chemicals, perfumes, smoke or flowers
  • Emotional and/or physical stress

  • Foods such as caffeine drinks, artificial sweeteners (aspartame), aged cheese, chocolate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), eggs, alcohol and fermented products.

  • Menopause or pregnancy (hormonal changes)

  • Medications such as birth control pills (also used to control migraine headaches)
 

 
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Revised: March 2, 2011

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