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What is a Migraine?

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What is a Migraine?

A migraine is an intense headache that usually occurs at the front or side of the head. The position of pain can change throughout the course of a migraine.

There are different types of migraines, including:

Migraine with aura- This is when warning signs of a migraine begin beforehand. They can include visual problems or stiffness in the neck, shoulder or limbs.

Migraine without aura- where no warning signs occur

Migraine without headache- This is when symptoms of a migraine occur but a headache fails to develop.

Movement can often affect the sensation so people will usually need to lie down until symptoms subside.

Common symptoms include:

• Nausea. In some cases this is followed by vomiting.

• Increased Sensitivity- light, sound and smell may worsen symptoms so you might want to rest in a dark quiet room until the migraine subsides.

• Sweating

• Poor Concentration.

• Feeling Hot or Cold.

• Abdominal Pain- This can often be accompanied by diarrhoea.

• Needing to urinate frequently.

You may experience all or different combination of these symptoms during the course of a migraine. It is also possible for these symptoms to occur without the pain of a headache. Some people suffer from migraines only occasionally or frequently.

If migraines are affecting the quality of your life, speak to your doctor about possible treatment solutions that can help to relieve your symptoms.


http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Migraine/Pages/Introduction.aspx, Accessed 4th July 2013.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Migraine/Pages/Symptoms.aspx, Accessed 4th July 2013.


Published July 2013

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