• Migraine Symptoms


Symptoms of Migraine develop in phases which are described below:

Phases of Migraine

Migraine is a multi-phasic disease and occurs in progressive stages:

Prodrome Phase
  • Occurs in about 60% of those with migraines
  • Onset- 2 hours to 2 days before the start of pain
  • Symptoms - Altered mood, irritability, fatigue, stiff muscles, neck rigidity, constipation or diarrhoea, and sensitivity to smells or noise
Aura Phase
  • Lasts lesser than 60 minutes with visual, sensory or motor symptoms
  • Partial alteration in the field of vision which makes it difficult for driving or reading
  • Blurring of vision, losing part of field of vision
  • Pins and needles-like sensation on hands, arm and face with numbness
Pain Phase
  • One-sided, throbbing, and moderate to severe
  • Appears gradually and increases by physical exertion.
  • The pain usually lasts for 4 to 72 hoursin adults and 1 hour in children
  • Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound
Postdrome Phase
  • This phase has the effects of migraine which last for few days.
  • Soreness at the region of pain along with tired feeling, head pain, digestive disturbances, skipping meals, mood changes, and lethargy

These are characteristic symptoms of migraine according to different phases.

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