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Are there different types of auras that come with a migraine?

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An aura is a migraine symptom that causes you to see strange things, like colored spots or flashing lights. It can be pretty scary, especially the first time it happens. There are different types.

Visual auras are the most common. You might see bizarre shapes or effects that grow or move, such as:

  • Blind spots
  • Colored spots
  • Flashes of light
  • Sparkles and stars
  • Tunnel vision
  • Zigzags

Other auras can affect your other senses and even your ability to move. You might have:

  • Confusion and a hard time understanding people
  • Movements you can't control, like sudden jerks
  • Muscle weakness
  • Music or noises in your head that aren't really there
  • Pins and needles that start in your fingers or arm and spread to your face
  • Speech problems, as if you know what you want to say but can't form the words

SOURCES:

The Migraine Association of Ireland: "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine," "Migraine with Aura."

The Migraine Trust: "Types of Migraine," "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine and Aura."

American Family Physician: "Treatment of Acute Migraine Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 16, 2020

SOURCES:

The Migraine Association of Ireland: "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine," "Migraine with Aura."

The Migraine Trust: "Types of Migraine," "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine and Aura."

American Family Physician: "Treatment of Acute Migraine Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 16, 2020

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