The pain is usually a moderate or severe throbbing sensation that gets worse when you move and prevents you from carrying out normal activities.In some cases, the pain can occur on both sides of your head and may affect your face or neck.
Other symptoms commonly associated with a migraine include:
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound – which is why many people with a migraine want to rest in a quiet, dark room
Some people also occasionally experience other symptoms, including:
- Poor concentration,
- Feeling very hot or very cold
- Abdominal (tummy) pain
Not everyone with a migraine experiences these additional symptoms and some people may experience them without having a headache.The symptoms of a migraine usually last between four hours and three days, although you may feel very tired for up to a week afterwards.
Symptoms of aura
About one in three people with migraines have temporary warning symptoms, known as aura, before a migraine. These include:
- Visual problems – such as seeing flashing lights, zig-zag patterns or blind spots
- Numbness or a tingling sensation like pins and needles–which usually starts in one hand and moves up your arm before affecting your face, lips and tongue
- Feeling dizzy or off balance
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of consciousness – although this is unusual
When to seek medical advice?
- Paralysis or weakness in one or both arms and/or one side of the face.
- Slurred or garbled speech.
- A sudden agonising headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before.
- Headache along with a high temperature (fever), stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision, and a rash.