PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How is a migraine with aura different from a regular migraine?

ANSWER

In both, you get the typical migraine symptoms, which may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. That can include:

  • Being sensitive to light, smells, sound, and touch
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain that's usually on one side of the head and worse when you move
  • Stomach upset and throwing up
  • Stiffness in your shoulders and neck

The difference is whether or not you get an aura. When you do, it typically sets in slowly over 5 to 20 minutes. It may last up to an hour. It often acts as a warning sign, coming on before any pain shows up. But it can happen during the migraine as well.

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

NEXT QUESTION:

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

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.