Migraine Signs & Migraine Symptoms
Migraine symptoms aren’t just in your head
Migraine warning signs
The signs of a migraine can be subtle. You might feel tired, or become very sensitive to noise or light.2
As the pain gets closer, your body may also send visual migraine warning signs. You might see flashing lights or sparks, bright zigzagging lines, or a blind spot. Experts call this special type of headache "migraine with aura." 2, 3
About one in five people who get migraines experience migraine auras, and they’re less common in women than in men.3
Once a full-blown migraine strikes, you may feel moderate — or even unbearable — pain. While everybody experiences migraine headaches differently, common migraine symptoms include:
• Pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head
• Sensitivity to light or sound1
Make sure to consult your doctor about headache diagnosis and treatment.
1. National Headache Foundation. Migraine. Migraine Topic Sheet. ¶4 Available at: http://www.headaches.org/education/Headache_Topic_Sheets/Migraine Last accessed July 2011.
2. American Migraine Foundation. About Migraine: What Is Migraine? Available at: http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/whatismigraine.aspx Last accessed July 2011.
3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Migraine Fact Sheet. Are there different kinds of migraine? Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/migraine.cfm Last accessed August 2011.