Symptoms of a Migraine: Diagnose it Yourself

Have you been having recurring headaches but are unsure as to what to call the condition? Chances are if they’re too painful, you’ve been having regular migraines and shrugging it off as a normal headache. Migraines often feel like severely dull, but a steady headache. In this blog, we will tell you the symptoms of a migraine, and what migraines actually are.

What is a migraine?

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In scientific terms, a migraine is a neurological condition that can cause intense, or unbearable headaches. Some symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sounds or touch, tingling or numbness in the body, and more.

Migraines are often hereditary and affect people of all ages. Family history is one of the most common causes of migraines. Also, women are most likely to have migraines than men.

Migraines are similar to, yet different from other kinds of headache.

The most common forms of migraine are those without aura, i.e. common migraines, and ones with aura, previously known as classic migraines.

Symptoms of a Migraine

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The prodrome stage begins one or two days before the migraine actually occurs. In this stage, you will see surfacing symptoms of a migraine. These include: –

  • craving certain foods
  • depression
  • hyperactivity
  • fatigue
  • stiffness of neck
  • irritability
  • frequent yawning

In a migraine with aura, the aura begins after the prodrome stage. While an aura occurs, you will have trouble with your sight, smell, taste, movement, or speech. Some examples of these include: –

  • feeling a prickly sensation or numbness in your arms and legs
  • difficulty speaking clearly
  • seeing visions of shapes, bright spots, or light flashes
  • losing your vision temporarily

People usually describe migraine pain as: –

  • pulsating
  • pounding
  • throbbing
  • spreading
  • debilitating

Most migraines range up to 4 hours. If left untreated, they can last up to 72 hours to a week. In migraines with aura, the pain can overlap with an aura, or it may never occur at all.

We hope you understood what migraines actually are, and the symptoms of a migraine. Hopefully, if you do have a migraine, you’ll be able to seek immediate help.

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