If you experience excruciating headache at times, it is indeed hard to explain how exactly it feels. Worry is while headaches can be of different types, this can be migraine that is bothering you. Well, to identify whether you actually have this issue, or it’s some other kind of headache, there are certain symptoms of migraine you need to recognize.

Migraine can be categorized into four distinct stages and these separately have their specific set of symptoms. Read on to know!

#Stage 1: Prodrome

This stage mainly gives you a warning of the upcoming migraine attack, just before 1 to 2 days. You might experience changes like –

Mood swings, depression and even euphoria, neck stiffness, constipation, frequent yawning, cravings for food, increased urination and thirst. These are few of the many symptoms of migraine.

#Stage 2: Aura

A symptom of the nervous system, this can occur either before or during your migraines. The symptoms here start gradually and last upto a maximum 60 minutes after developing over several minutes. Usually, there will be visual disturbances; other examples are –

a. Needle sensations in leg or arms

b. Difficulty in speaking

c. Loss of vision

d. Weakness in the face or numbness in body

e. Uncontrollable movements like jerking

However, not necessary that everyone will experience aura. In fact majority of patients do not go through this stage. You should always consult the doctor for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment on symptoms of migraine.

#Stage 3: Attack

The frequency of a migraine attack varies from person to person. Usually, an attack lasts for around 72 hours and can strike many times in a month. However, these are quite rare. The symptoms associated are –

a. Throbbing or pulsing pain

b. Pain on both sides of head; sometimes on one side as well

c. Sound, light, touch and smell sensitivity

d. Vision blurring

e. Vomiting

f. Nausea

g. Light-headedness

h. Fainting

#Stage 4: Post-drome

This is the final stage that occurs after a migraine attack and you may feel almost drained. Interestingly, some people also feel the reverse –ie they feel elated. You may have the following experiences for around 24 hours, like –

a. Mood swings or moodiness

b. Confusion

c. Sound and light sensitivity

d. Dizziness, etc.

These are some of the major symptoms of migraine that a patient might experiences during various stages. It is best to visit the doctor in time so that you can manage migraine better.

Additional Information – Maintaining a diary

For every migraine patient, it is important to maintain a diary for tracking their migraine attack. It not only helps you to keep a track on the triggers and duration attack, but also is an excellent data for the doctor.

Use these diaries to record the time of attack, your sleep-wake time, your daily work schedule, food habits, bowel movements, moods, medications, etc. to monitor symptoms of migraine. Time to shoot that bomb out of your head! Get treated at the earliest!