Headache is probably the most common of all migraine symptoms. The question is, how will you be able to determine that what you are experiencing is really migraine? How are going to identify a migraine as compared to all other causes of headache?
Knowing the other associated migraine symptoms would help you differentiate migraine from headache caused by tension headache, sinusitis or cluster headache. If you are diagnosed with migraine, it is helpful to be familiar with such migraine symptoms so that you will be able to provide immediate care to decrease the pain that you are experiencing. Some migraines have auras, which are described as visual, olfactory or auditory perceptions that occur prior to a migraine attack. To be exact, auras may be experienced for 10-15 minutes before the occurrence of the actual migraine attack. Those who experience these auras describe them as flashes of light or visions of zigzag lines.
However, not all people who have migraine experience the auras mentioned above. In the absence of an aura, it is more integral to be familiarized with the different migraine symptoms. You will know if you are having a migraine if you experience any of the following:
- Usually, one-sided headache. Although pain of both sides can also occur, this is less frequent than one-sided pain.
- Throbbing type of pain. Intensity of this type of pain may range from moderate to severe. For most cases, the person will not be able to continue with his physical activity due to this debilitating intensity of pain.
- Nausea or vomiting. Among the migraine symptoms, this is one of the most classic complaints of patients. They will say that the headache is accompanied by nausea and most patients say that they feel some degree of relief after they vomit.
- Increased sensitivity to light, odors or noise. The patient gets more easily irritated by these stimuli. That is why a person who suffers from migraine will prefer to rest on a dark and quiet place.
- Other less common associated migraine symptoms such as pain near the eye, loss of appetite, blurred vision and dizziness
Remember, migraine is different from the other types of headache. These migraine symptoms described above are not commonly experienced by patients experiencing the other types of headache. Thus, you will be able to identify the difference. Now you would know, if it’s truly a migraine.