If you have never experienced a migraine before, you may not know the symptoms to look out for when one is lurking around the corner. Knowing the symptoms of a migraine can help combat the problem before it has you in a dark room for days. A migraine has four phases; prodrome, aura, attack, and postdrome. All four of these phases have different effects than the last. 

Prodrome typically starts two to three days prior to the migraine itself. During this time you may experience: 

  • A period of depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Moodiness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Constipation
  • Food cravings
  • Stiff neck
  • Yawning a lot

Aura typically happens shortly before or during the migraine itself. You may experience any of the following symptoms: 

  • Visual symptoms like flashing lights or wavy lines. 
  • Loss of vision
  • Pins and needles feeling in an arm or leg
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of your body
  • Trouble talking
  • Hearing sounds that aren’t there
  • Movements you can’t control

Attack is the migraine in action. You may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe throbbing or pulsing pain.
  • Affects one side of your head or one eye.
  • Lasts from 4 to 72 hours.
  • Extra-sensitivity to light.
  • Sensitivity to smells, sounds, and touch.
  • Feel sick to your stomach or throw up.
  • Lightheaded or faint.
  • Vision might get blurry.

Postdrome is the final stage of your migraine. This usually lasts about 24 hours after the headache itself. You may experience any of the following symptoms: 

  • Elated
  • Drained 
  • Confused
  • Moody
  • Dizzy
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Although some of these symptoms are difficult to avoid, at the Migraine and Spine Clinic of Valdosta we have a vast amount of treatments to help end and manage your migraines. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, call today at (229) 333-9838.