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The 4 Different Phases of A Migraine Headache

  • Migraine is different for everyone. But many times, an attack follows the same pattern. A typical migraine can have up to four phases:
  • 1.Prodrome Phase- Before migraine pain hits, you may go through this, which is also called a “preheadache” phase. It can last from an hour up to a day or more.
  • -The warning signs you have will be unique to you. Common ones include: Feeling irritable, sudden mood changes, yawning a lot, needing to pee more than usual, extra sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, imsomnia, etc.
  • 2.Aura Phase- Up to a third of people with migraines get an aura along with it. An aura typically happens before your migraine pain and could last anywhere from 5 minutes to more than an hour.
  • -Most of the symptoms of an aura have to do with your sight. They might include: Blurry vision, blind spots in one or both eyes, flashing lights, zigzags or patterns in your sight.
  • -You can also have some symptoms that don’t have anything to do with your sight, like: Numbness or tingling, vertigo, weakness, trouble speaking or hearing, memory problems.
  • 3.Headache Phase- This is when you usually have throbbing, pulsing pain on one or both sides of your head. You may only have this pain for a few hours, or it may go on for several days.
  • -Other symptoms you could have, either with or without head pain, include: Sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, lightheadedness and fainting.
  • 4.Postdrome Phase- Once your attack symptoms go away, your migraine may not be over. The last phase is the postdrome phase, also known as a 'migraine hangover'.
  • -It doesn't involve pain like the headache phase, but it can have other symptoms that can last upto 24-48 hours after your migraine ends.
  • -The symptoms include: Trouble concentrating, fatigue, depression, euphoria, trouble understanding things, body aches, dizziness, sensitivity to light, etc.

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