Migraine Symptoms

If you get migraines, then you'll know that a migraine is more than just a headache. It's an intense and throbbing pain, which often occurs in one side of the head, although it can be more generalised.

The occurrence of an attack is difficult to predict, however, you can often predict the pattern of each attack. In adults, migraine attacks can be divided into the following phases:

  1. Pre-headache, warning phase
  2. Aura (not always present)- This stage can last between 5 and 30 minutes and usually happens before the headache. Only 15% of migraine sufferers experience an aura.
  3. Headache- The headache is typically throbbing, and made worse by movement. Nausea or vomiting can happen at this stage and the sufferer may feel sensitive to light or sound, or both.
  4. Resolution- Most attacks slowly fade away.
  5. Recovery- Symptoms can be similar to those of the first stage and often they are opposite. For example, if you were tired at the beginning of the attack, you might have lots of energy now. It can take hours or days for a ‘hangover’ type feeling to disappear.

Types of migraine:

Migraines fall into two main categories, without aura (common migraine) and with aura, or classic migraine. Only 15% of cases of migraine are preceded by an aura.

Migraine Symptoms:

Without aura

Common Symptoms:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Sensitivity to sound (phonophobia)
  • Headache which is usually on one side of the head with a throbbing or pulsating pain
  • Last between 4 and 72 hours when untreated or unsuccessfully treated

with aura

Additional Symptoms:

People who have a migraine with aura experience many or all of the symptoms of migraine without aura, plus these additional neurological symptoms. These develop over a 5 to 20 minute period and last less than an hour.

  • Visual disturbances - flashing lights, blind spots
  • Tingling , numbness or pins and needles in the arms and legs
  • Speech problems
  • Weakness on one side of the body

The information on this page is not designed to aid in a diagnosis. If you are getting regular headaches or other symptoms that you suspect might be a migraine, please contact your GP.

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