Stages of Migraine

  • Pre-headache: changes in mood, energy levels, appetite and behaviour. Aches and pains can sometimes happen hours before a migraine
  • Aura: flashes of light or blind spots, difficulty focusing, seeing things as if through a broken mirror. This phase can last between 15 minutes and one hour.
  • Headache: pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head. Sometimes there can also be nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to bright light and loud sounds, and a strong desire to lie in a dark room. This can last up to 72 hours.
  • Resolution: gradual fade away. Being sick can sometimes bring the migraine to an abrupt end. Sleep often relieves symptoms.
  • Recovery: can include exhaustion and weakness.

Taken from Independent Nurse 5/9/2011 p36

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