Migraine Symptoms and their Classifications

November 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Migraines

Various symptoms of migraines can happen to an individual. These symptoms are classified into three based on intensity and the level of each symptom.


Experiencing emotional stress, also called the prodrome phase, is the foremost symptom of migraines. Because of stress, chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine, and other hormones are released that may lead to vascular change. When feelings that are connected to stress such as worry, fear, and excitement are repressed, this increases the stress levels since tension in your muscles and blood vessels will be brought about, thus causing migraines that can last a day or more.


The next stage is wherein one sees visual turbulence like patterns, spots, and flashes that appear in different color shades. This is known as the aura phase. These disturbances are caused by the distortion of one’s neurological function at the beginning of a migraine. One may also experience blurring, narrowing, and smoking of their vision during this phase and can happen with a migraine headache. This happens only twice and lasts an hour at most for an individual.


The third of the symptoms of migraine known as the pain phase is when you start to feel an uncomfortable, troublesome, throbbing sensation in one side of the head. This feeling is considered to be a prelude to the migraine. Migraines, simply put, are headaches that vary from moderate to intense pain that lasts more than a day and is often accompanied by nausea, diarrhea, stuffed nose, weariness, and scalp tenderness.


Because people are often negligent of these symptoms, thinking that they are quite normal, it has not been given much attention, which is why people may confuse these symptoms for another kind of medical issue and not as signs of migraine. These symptoms should not be ignored at all. Rather, you should already take precautions and make preparations for a migraine, should you experience them.


Some people may also confuse the symptoms of a migraine with some other kind of headache, such as tension, cluster, and sinus headaches. This can be a problem altogether as well. All these headache types display similar symptoms, yet each are distinct from one another. Migraines are felt on the crown of one’s head and not on the face, which is the case for sinus. While tension headaches bring about a deep pressing pain, it is not caused by normal activities, unlike migraines which are. Finally, migraines occur for longer episodes, unlike cluster headaches that happen in periodic spurts.


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