Patient Comments: Migraine - Symptoms

What migraine headache symptoms do you experience?

A Doctor's View on Migraine Symptoms

Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Migraine symptoms include:

  • throbbing head pain (often one-sided and worsens with exertion),
  • eye pain,
  • sensitivity to light and sound,
  • nausea, and
  • vomiting.
Migraine symptoms inhibit daily activities and commonly last from 4 to 72 hours. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I have had aura type migraines since I was a child in primary school. They commence with visual disturbance which developed into a row of iridescent multicolored rods in a zigzag row. Though frightening it is possible for me to drive with them if I have to. These disintegrate into a general aura before slowly disappearing. Occasionally it is accompanied by slight weakness in my right arm. When I was young it would develop into a mild headache. They would only occur then about twice yearly. Now between ages 60 and 70 they are more frequent but shorter and milder. I am fit and healthy and go to gym.

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Comment from: Shay6380, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I have what my doctor has diagnosed as migraines but frankly I am not so sure. Until 6/6, I rarely if ever had so much as a headache. I have had one every day since. Intensity depends on the amount of activity I do during the day. They almost always occur late afternoon or early evening. Light or sound does not affect me. Wearing glasses does (which prevents me from reading and that is disappointing), and stress does (which increases daily since I can't work). I was prescribed Trokendi (up to 200 mg) which seems to be helping. Pain is less. But I haven't seen anyone describe their migraines like this.

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Comment from: Catnandu, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 19

I had a hemilaminectomy and microdiscectomy on 4/14/16 as outpatient surgery. Sounds as though everyone else had a hospital stay. They sent me home after I got up to urinate (1 or 2 hours after surgery).

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Comment from: WEIRDmigraines, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have very weird symptoms with my migraines. It starts with a weird feeling in my stomach and then I start sniffling uncontrollably. Usually the right side of my head begins to burn, pain then intensifies, vertigo starts and then the sensitivity to light begins. This is where it gets weird. I start crying/sobbing uncontrollably and involuntarily and I mean sobbing! People who have witnessed it said that I look like the saddest person they've ever seen. I cry for about 5 or so minutes and then instantly, as if someone had flipped a switch, I stop crying and act as if nothing happened. I usually laugh after it happens because it's one of those 'what the?' moments. The pain usually goes away after the 'switch' is flipped. But I am usually very exhausted and dizzy afterwards. Caffeine in coffee (not tea) is a big trigger for me. I avoid it at all cost.

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Comment from: Subbersam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I have always had headaches, but when they started lasting for hours and even days despite the use of double doses of OTC pain relievers I knew it was time to see a professional. My first real bad one was the most memorable. I remember turning to a flickering light and flinching because I thought something was flying towards my face, but there was nothing there. When a co-worker saw me flinch he asked me what was wrong. I remember being scared when I turned to look at him and I could literally see the sound waves resonating from his face. I tried to stand up for some reason, I was disoriented and I thought my blood sugar had dropped severely so I made my way to the fridge for a Coke. I was crazy thirsty. The phone rang and about knocked me over as it echoed in my head. I excused myself from work and as I drove to the hospital I became suddenly ill. I pulled over and the vomit was yellow and slimy. When I got there I had to place a coat over my head because the light felt like it went straight through my pupils and directly into my brain like a laser. I don"t know if I fell asleep or passed out but at some point I was woken up by a doctor and two nurses and my head was still pounding. I began shifting back and forth as I sat there listening, like if I sat still it hurt more. I ended up getting a shot and a prescription for some stuff that was supposed to help. There were absolutely no narcotics given to me, but the relief of it all when it was over was practically euphoric. In later incidences I mostly recall a lot of pacing; the ability to stay still is lost in these cases. I also experience nausea, sensitivity to light and sound.

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