Those who have never had a migraine tend to think of it as a raging headache. While sympathetic folks may understand that the pain is awful, even they don’t realize that a migraine is not only a headache. While it is certainly a major aspect, pain is one of many Migraine Symptoms. The pain is a big deal, but it is only a small part of this neurological disorder that impacts the entire body.

Visual Aura (before the pain begins)

  • a bright shape that spreads across the visual field of one eye and appears to block some or all of the vision; can be seen whether the eye is open or closed
  • flashes of light and color
  • wavy lines
  • geometric patterns
  • blurred vision
  • partial loss of sight

Sensory Migraine Symptoms

  • numbness or tingling on the face or upper extremities
  • a sense that limbs are a distorted shape or size
  • heightened sensitivity to light, sound, and smells
  • smelling odors that aren’t actually present (like natural gas or something burning)
  • skin sensitivity and intolerance of being touched (allodynia)

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