This I will say is one of the crucial pieces to my “migraine puzzle”. When I first read this in the book – Living Well With Migraine Disease & Headaches – What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You … That You Need to Know, by Teri Robert – it not only educated but comforted me.
When someone says, “I have a migraine.” We automatically think, “Oh their having a severe headache.” And in most cases that is true. However, migraine and headache should not be used interchangeably as if they are the same thing. Migraine is a genetic neurological disorder with headache being only ONE of the symptoms. So a person could be having a migraine attack without having a headache.
See below some of the symptoms of a migraine attack taken from http://www.mayoclinic.com. This list does not include the Prodrome, Aura and Postdrome stages. I addressed them in the article, “The Four Stages of Migraine”.
- Pain on one side or both sides of your head
- Pain that has a pulsating, throbbing quality
- Sensitivity to light, sounds and sometimes smells
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting
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