The most common symptom of a
migraine headache is a throbbing pain on one side of
your head. You also may have other symptoms before, during, and after a
migraine. Different people have different symptoms.
Symptoms before the migraine begins
A day or two before a migraine starts, you may
Migraines are so common, there's a special name for people who suffer from frequent migraines: migraineurs. Yet, loved ones don't always understand the migraineur's condition, and even if they do, serious headaches can be highly disruptive to family time and marriages.
Pain that gets worse when you're around
light, noise, and sometimes smells.
Less common symptoms include:
your face, arms, and shoulders.
Short-term weakness on one side of
If you have these less-common symptoms and have not had
them before, call your doctor right away so that he or she can make sure you
aren't having a
transient ischemic attack (TIA),
stroke, or other serious problem.
Without treatment, a migraine headache
can last from 4 to 72 hours.
Symptoms after the headache
After the headache
stops, you may have muscle aches or feel very
tired. These symptoms may last up to a
day after your migraine ends.
You may have one or more types of migraine headache. Each type has its own features. For
example, some people get migraines with an aura. Some get them without an aura. Some women get menstrual migraines, which happen
before, during, or shortly after their
occur along with many other health problems, such as
depression. More serious conditions, such as tumors or
infections, can also cause migraine symptoms. But most headaches are
not caused by serious health problems.