Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. Warning symptoms known as aura may occur before or with the headache. These can include flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of the face or in your arm or leg.
Migraines often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Migraines may progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache and post-ictal, though some patients may not experience all stages.
Prodrome: one or two days before a migraine, the patient refers noticing subtle changes that warn of an upcoming migraine [constipation, mood changes (from depression to euphoria), food cravings, neck stiffness, increased thirst and urination, frequent yawning.
Aura: Aura may occur before or during migraines. Most people experience migraines without aura. Auras are symptoms of the nervous system. They are usually visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or wavy, zigzag vision. Sometimes auras can also be touching sensations (sensory), movement (motor) or speech (verbal) disturbances. Your muscles may get weak, or you may feel as though someone is touching you. Each of these symptoms usually begins gradually, builds up over several minutes and lasts for 20 to 60 minutes.
Attack: a migraine attack usually lasts from four to 72 hours if untreated. The frequency with which headaches occur varies from person to person. Migraines may be rare, or strike several times a month. During a migraine, you may experience: pain on one side or both sides of your head, pain that feels throbbing or pulsing, sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells and touch, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting.
Post-ictal: the final phase, known also as post-drome, occurs after a migraine attack. The patient may feel drained and washed out, while some patients feel elated. For about 24 hours, you may also experience: confusion, moodiness, dizziness, weakness, sensitivity to light and sound.
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