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Symptoms of Migraine

Symptoms of Migraine

‘Classical’ migraine is not the most common variety but is well described in the medical literature. There is an initial set of warning symptoms such as visual disturbance, altered sense of smell or confusion. This is followed by severe headache, throbbing in nature and often one sided. Attacks are often on different sides on different occasions.
Associated symptoms may include nausea or vomiting which makes treatment very difficult as medication will not stay down. There is often sensitivity to light and sounds and sufferers often want to lie down in a darkened room and be left alone. Many patients just experience a different headache without the other symptoms. Children may suffer a variety of this condition called ‘abdominal migraine’ with no headache.

Diagnosis of Migraine

Diagnosis is based on the history and the pattern of the headaches. A neurological examination is usually adequate for confirmation, but further investigations such as scans or test on the electrical activity of the brain may be necessary in some cases.

As there are many triggers, a diary of the headaches can often not only confirm the diagnosis, but also point towards the cause and help identify foods or situations to avoid.
Patients with persistent headaches or headaches that are present on waking should be referred to a neurologist to exclude other conditions.