Migraines are a kind of headache that involves other symptoms in addition to the headache. Symptoms can include the following among others:
- Headache – Usually affects 1 side of the head and gets worse over several hours and is usually throbbing
- Aura –An “aura” is a symptom or feeling that happens before or during the migraine headache. Each person’s aura is different, but in most cases the aura affects the vision. You might see flashing lights, bright spots, or zig-zag lines, or lose part of your vision. Or you might have numbness and tingling of the lips, lower face, and fingers of 1 hand. Some people hear sounds or have ringing in their ears as part of their aura. The aura usually lasts a few minutes to an hour and then goes away, but most often lasts 15 to 30 minutes
- Nausea and sometimes vomiting
- Feeling sensitive to light and noise
Many people get other symptoms of migraine that happen several hours or even a day before the headache. These are called “premonitory” or “prodromal” symptoms and might include yawning, feeling depressed, irritability, food cravings, constipation, or a stiff neck.
There are many different medicines that can help with migraines and our New York physicians in Midtown or on Upper East Side, NY can help you find the best treatment for your situation. We look forwarding to meeting you.