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How can a silent headache affect the rest of my body?

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Even though your head doesn't hurt, a silent headache may affect your body in other ways. You might experience:

  • An upset stomach or vomiting
  • Hot flashes and chills
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Dizziness or spinning (vertigo)
  • A sore neck or jaw
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, touch, or motion
  • Confusion Afterward, many people are wiped out and have the blahs for as long as a day.

From: Silent Migraines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Headache - Frequently Asked Questions."

National Library of Medicine: "Migraine with Aura."

Migraine Research Foundation: "About Migraine."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "21st Century Prevention and Management of Migraine Headaches."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Headache - Frequently Asked Questions."

National Library of Medicine: "Migraine with Aura."

Migraine Research Foundation: "About Migraine."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "21st Century Prevention and Management of Migraine Headaches."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

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