Be Aware People: Don’t Ignore These Signs And Symptoms Of Migraine

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Those who have never had a migraine tend to think of it as a raging headache. While sympathetic folks may understand that the pain is awful, even they don’t realize that a migraine is not only a headache. While it is certainly a major aspect, pain is one of many Migraine Symptoms. The pain is a big deal, but it is only a small part of this neurological disorder that impacts the entire body.

How to tell you’re having a migraine

Nearly 30 million people in the United States have migraines, and three times as many women as men have them.
Migraines are pulsating headaches, often on one side of the head. Physical activity may intensify the pain, but symptoms can vary from person to person and from one attack to the next.”In patients who have migraines, we’re going to treat all of their headaches as potential migraines,” says Anne Calhoun, MD, partner and cofounder of the Carolina Headache Institute, in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Visual Aura (before the pain begins)

  • a bright shape that spreads across the visual field of one eye and appears to block some or all of the vision; can be seen whether the eye is open or closed
  • flashes of light and color
  • wavy lines
  • geometric patterns
  • blurred vision
  • partial loss of sight

Migraine Symptoms

Deadly Signs And Symptoms Of Migraine Are Following Here:

  • numbness or tingling on the face or upper extremities
  • a sense that limbs are a distorted shape or size
  • heightened sensitivity to light, sound, and smells
  • smelling odors that aren’t actually present (like natural gas or something burning)
  • skin sensitivity and intolerance of being touched (allodynia)
  • partial paralysis
  • weakness or heaviness in the limbs on one side of the body
  • mental confusion
  • disorientation
  • inability to concentrate
  • difficulty finding words
  • problems understanding spoken or written language
  • food cravings (particularly for carbohydrates, candy and chocolate)
  • stomach rumblings
  • constipation
  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • bloating/fluid retention
  • fatigue, lethargy
  • mood changes
  • irritability
  • high energy
  • depression
  • Yawning
  • Hives
  • Throbbing Pain
  • Puffy eyelid
  • Sensitivity to smell
  • Sound sensitivity
  •  Light sensitivity
  • hyperventilating

Migraine Symptoms

  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • euphoria, feeling of intense well-being
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • intolerance of food odors
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • paleness
  • cold, clammy hands and feet
  • facial swelling
  • goose bumps
  • bloodshot eyes
  • black circles around eyes
  • sweating
  • frequent yawning
  • sighing
  • hyperventilating
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • changes in blood chemistry
  • changes in blood pressure
  • blood vessel dilation
  • difficulty regulating temperature
  • changes in heart rhythms

Community experiences of migraine symptoms

Migraine.com advocates frequently write about their varying and changing migraine symptoms. One advocate took to sharing her various migraine symptoms by creating “unofficial types” of migraine such as the Creeper, the Hourglass, and the Ninja to name a few. The Migraine.com community also chimes in often to share their strangest and quirky migraine symptoms. Reading about other people’s migraine symptoms can help one identify their own, but it’s important to remember the differences among people living with migraine.The pain is a big deal, but it is only a small part of this neurological disorder that impacts the entire body.

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