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Symptoms Before a Migraine - Topic Overview

You may develop subtle symptoms before a migraine headache begins. They may occur before migraines with or without visual and nervous system symptoms (aura).

These symptoms usually develop 24 to 48 hours before the headache starts and may include:

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Basilar Migraines

When someone has a basilar migraine, there is a disturbance in the brainstem or lower part of the brain. Even before the migraine headache begins, the person may experience an ''aura,'' consisting of a variety of symptoms such as dizziness, double vision, and lack of coordination. An aura is a neurological phenomenon that occurs about 10 minutes to 45 minutes before the headache starts. Basilar migraines are known by several different names: Basilar-type migraine Bickerstaff syndrome ...

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  • Hunger, thirst, food cravings, or loss of appetite.
  • Mood changes (depression, euphoria or feeling of well-being, or irritability).
  • Changes in energy level (restlessness, sleepiness, excessive energy, nervousness, or calmness).
  • Change in consciousness (drowsiness or hyperalertness).

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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