What Do You Know About Migraine Attacks?
Have you ever thought the words Migraine and headache were synonyms? Contrary to what you may have learned, Migraine attacks are not limited to the excruciating pain one feels in their head. In fact, one does not need to experience a headache to have a migraine attack. Migraine Disease attacks different parts of the nervous system. Below, learn about some of the various ways Migraine attacks can manifest
5 Things You May Not Have Known About Migraine Attacks
- There Are Three (3) to four (4) stages which make up a Migraine attack depending on the type of Migraine.
- symptoms can differ from attack to attack within the same individual.
- An individual with Migraine Disease does NOT need to have unilateral (pain on one side of the head) nausea, or vomiting to have Migraine Disease. These are just some of the criteria to make a diagnosis.
- Migraine Disease is a spectrum. Some individuals have Migraine attacks very frequently where others may have very infrequent attacks impacting them as often as a few times a year.
- There is NO CURE for Migraine Disease at this time ONLY treatments to decrease the frequency and severity of attacks.
Stage 1: Prodrome (Promonetory Phase)
The premonitory phase occurs hours to days before what we commonly think of as “Mi
Common symptoms include
A. increased yawning
B. increased urination
C. food cravings
Stage 2 Aura
The second phase is
A. visual specifically a change in vision that grows over a period of 5 to 20 minutes.
B. numbness or tingling in particular numbness in the face and tongue and may also occur on one side of the body such as one arm or leg.
C. balance or coordination problems
D. Language aura in particular understanding or expressing language
Stage 3 Headache and Associated Symptoms
The attack is what many believe to be the migraine experience, however, an attack really starts at the premonitory stage. Individuals may or may not experience head pain during this part of an attack. Some symptoms during this stage may include:
A. head pain
B. nausea and or vomiting
C. sensitivity to light, sound, and in some cases touch
E. allodynia extreme sensitivity to touch (sensations that should not be painful are painful)
Stage 4 Postdrome
Postdrome is the final stage of a migraine attack. Individuals often feel a number of symptoms as the attack subsides.
D. tension in the head
This Migraine attack is representative of four stages. This attack include the prodrome, aura, headache and headache and associated symptoms such as hyper-responsiveness, nausea, vomiting, or allodynia, and postdrome.
This Migraine attack is made up of three stages which include the
This Migraine attack is made up of three stages which include the prodrome. Aura, and postdrome.