Migraines are characterised by a moderate to severe throbbing headache located at the front or on one side of the head.The pain may spread to both sides of the head and can affect the face and neck too. Migraine symptoms usually last between 4 – 72 hours.

In addition to headache, migraines are associated with other symptoms such as:

  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light & sound
  • Stomach pain & cramp
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty concentrating

In the case of classic migraines, an aura phase is characterised by warning signs which develop just before a migraine attack and may last for an hour.

Aura symptoms include:

  • Visual disturbances such as seeing flashing lights or spots
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in arms, face, lips and tongue
  • Difficulty speaking

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Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 15, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm