What are Common Migraine Symptoms?
Migraines affect women in more cases than men, and begin in childhood or early adulthood in many cases. A migraine may progress through four stages, each with a different set of migraine symptoms. These stages include:
- Prodrome: Stage occurs a day or two before the migraine. Symptoms include neck stiffness, hyperactivity, depression and constipation.
- Aura: Stage occurs before or during the migraine. Symptoms include seeing shapes, flashes of light, vision loss and a “pins and needles” sensation in the limbs.
- Attack: Stage occurs during the migraine and can last up to 72 hours if left untreated. Symptoms include pain on one side of the head, throbbing pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sounds and nausea.
- Postdrome: Stage occurs after a migraine attack. Symptoms include a drained feeling, but mildly euphoric.
What are the Options for Migraine Relief?
If a patient experiences consistent, debilitating migraine attacks, it is recommended they visit a physician to find migraine relief. A migraine may be difficult to diagnose since there are no set tests for a diagnosis. It is recommended that patients keep a diary of migraine symptoms, including onset of symptoms, triggers, aura symptoms, etc.
There is currently no cure for a migraine. Treatment is aimed at preventing a migraine attack and providing migraine relief at the onset of symptoms. Physicians commonly recommend taking medications specifically designed for migraines, reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep and engaging in regular exercise.
If you are experiencing migraine symptoms or a full-blown migraine attack, please contact the pain physicians at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine®. They are available to help patients living in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area find migraine relief.