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I Had No Idea THAT Was a Migraine Symptom!

I Had No Idea THAT Was a Migraine Symptom!

  • Cold hands, feet and/or nose
  • Clumsiness
  • Earaches or pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Eye irritation
  • Frequent urination
  • Stuffy nose
  • Physical weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Unsteadiness or dizziness
  • Neck pain
  • Trouble finding words
  • Inability to comprehend written or spoken information
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Hearing loss or decreased hearing
  • Hallucinating voices
  • Hallucinating odors
  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Mood changes (sometimes dramatic)
  • Irritability
  • Trouble regulating temperature
  • Night sweats
  • Nightmares
  • Bouncing vision
  • Blacking out
  • Black circles under eyes

That’s just a partial list of the migraine symptoms that invariably prompt Migraine.com’s Facebook fans to say, “Wait, what? You mean THAT is a migraine symptom?” People tend to think they’re the only ones who experience an unusual symptom and often don’t even consider it could be connected to migraine. Those comments linger in my mind because they are so near to my own experience.

Even after I had been disabled by chronic migraine for four years—and writing about it for two—I had no idea that many of the weird things happening in my body were due to migraine. I assumed some were normal, but others nagged at me. Could I have another illness that was exacerbating my migraine attack frequency and severity?, I wondered. I brainstormed a 31-item list of every possible happening in my body that seemed abnormal and that I think was connected to migraine.

My primary care physician was a good and caring doctor. I hoped seeing all those symptoms together would spark an idea for diagnosis or treatment. She could only say, “I have no idea what’s going on. Maybe you should see an endocrinologist/gastroenterologist/sleep specialist.”

Looking over that list nine years later, I now know that only one item on it was not caused by migraine. Most were direct migraine symptoms, but others were caused by other migraine symptoms (like constant neck pain leading to muscle tension that eventually caused tingling arms from pinched nerves). While many of my symptoms coincided with the pain phase of my migraine attacks, a host of unexpected symptoms can show up in any of the four stages of a migraine attack.

It took six years to figure out that migraine was the cause of all my mysterious symptoms except for one. I totally understand when so many of you are surprised to learn that migraine can explain some strange symptom or bodily occurrence. It’s such a shame we can go years (sometimes decades) without answers, even after seeking a doctor’s advice.

Some other unexpected migraine symptoms include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Increased thirst
  • Food cravings
  • Facial swelling
  • Goosebumps
  • Blood pressure changes

And that’s STILL not a complete list! If you’re wondering if something you’re experiencing is an migraine symptom that you’re unaware of, here are some articles that might help:

What symptoms have you been surprised to learn were connected to migraine? Do you have any mysterious symptoms for which you still don’t know the culprit?

Note: Many of these symptoms can also be symptoms of other diseases. It’s important that you bring them up with your doctor even if you believe migraine is the culprit, just to be sure you don’t have another underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The Migraine.com team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Comments

  • Cintrovert
    3 months ago

    I have what I call the “creepy crawlers” under my scalp. It feels like there are a thousand bugs doing a dance under my skin. After that I get my usual auras and then the migraine hits. Almost every time. I usually have time from the time the creepy crawlers come to get my meds and head to bed. It’s a lovely life.

  • Jac18
    4 days ago

    I get that too! It drove me crazy for years because I didn’t know what was causing it, not to mention every time it happened it felt like I suddenly had lice on part of my head. Most of the time it happens just before the pain starts too.

  • Ponder62
    4 months ago

    I have almost all of those symptoms plus vertigo, tingling hands,face and feet, and trouble speaking. My family doctor says the same thing to me and even though she is a caring, knowledgeable doc, she suggested Chinese medicine or a naturopathic doc. I just used my 4th dose of 140 mgs. but so far no relief. I am grasping at straws now.

  • Lucille84
    2 months ago

    This sounds like a migraine with aura, also called complex migraine. Same symptoms as a stroke, except they appear one at a time instead of all at once. I’ve had them since I was a teenager. I saw a neurologist who told me there is a preventative treatment for it but only worth taking if you have them very regularly. Mine are still very rare (maybe 5-10 per year?) and are usually triggered by stress as well as hormones. My symptoms are always the same and always appear in the exact same order. I know it can be terrifying though, especially the aphasia. I try not to panic when I feel the aura coming, lay down in the dark and try to take a nap for an hour. If I manage to relax enough, I sleep through the aura and wake up with just the headache. Mine usually don’t last more than an hour. For me, it’s all about knowing my triggers, recognizing the symptoms early on and managing my stress level in order to stop the aura from progressing. I hope this helps! You are not alone.

  • UncomfortablyNumb
    5 months ago

    Thank you so much for posting this list!

    Yes, migraine itself has strange and unusual symptoms. My husband was sure that I had the flu the first time I experienced a 48 hour migraine.

    I also believe it is critically important for us to also keep tabs on our medication and any interactions that might occur. Case in point, my sister had an unusual reaction to Topamax, but was sent to a cardiologist because her heartbeat was irregular. Instead of checking drug interactions and removing her from the Topamax, the cardiologist put her on a Beta Blocker. She ended up in the hospital.

    Know the potential side effects of your meds, my friends.

  • Dittywah
    5 months ago

    I was a migraineur. They left after menopause. But I still have so many of these symptoms. It makes me think only the head pain left. And someone said “protective estrogen”. When I was on Rx estrogen my migraines were way worse. Someone said neurological disorder. I’ll buy that.

  • rheesch3
    5 months ago

    I had no idea muscle weakness was a symptom. I can open jars sometimes and other days cannot, but then can open the same jar the next day. I don’t like the symptom of not knowing things that I do already know during a migraine & not understanding things that I normally would. The stuffy nose thing, I have always linked to my allergies which hystamine is a migraine trigger. Which symptom in your list has nothing to do with migraines? Thanks for sharing this information!!

  • D1234
    5 months ago

    I yawn a lot and I have noticed this in others who suffer with migraines. I also see sparkles (glitter) when I go outside when it is bright. I kind of like the sparkles.

  • glassmind
    5 months ago

    Lol. I’m afraid of the sparkles (good word I’ve been saying “tiny white stars” all these years. Doh)

    The first time because I was ignorant of what was wrong with my vision.

    Now, because I know it means a migraine is coming.

    Thanks for the word and happy thoights!

  • Li da
    6 months ago

    Thanks so much for your sight and info I’ve been told every thing is In my head I just want attention. Even when my migraine was so bad I had a serizure dr was standing next to me with his hand on my leg why is it so hard for them to get it they have been progressing for years now last eeg showed having multiple serizures a day all the systoms you listed I gave to them and they noted in my chart that I was super sensitive to pain have tried multiple treatments for my head aches and now seizures nothing helping completely thanks for making me feel that I’m not crazy

  • jamiepatrick
    1 month ago

    Get your hormone levels checked. I believe that is what causes my husband’s migraines which progressed to seizures.

  • glassmind
    9 months ago

    So. Many. Triggers.

  • glassmind
    9 months ago

    And so many symptoms. Basically, my body just fails when I have a migraine.

  • Nikita212
    9 months ago

    You just made me question whether the pain in my shoulder and down my arm is somehow migraine related. I’d love to hear more.

  • lori4knee
    2 months ago

    It’s called referred pain. I finally found out after going to the headache clinic at Mayo. Massage therapy helps. Neurologists can also do blocks that help a lot with the referred pain. Mine is severe. They need to be trained though. Consider like Mayo, UCLA, USC and others like that. They are called Occipital nerve blocks.

  • Dana
    9 months ago

    You could have some cervical issues, which aren’t a symptom of migraines but often go hand and hand. If you have herniated, pinched or bulging discs or a few other spines disorders…they can cause pain that radiates into your shoulder, down your arm and into your hand/fingers. It’s definitely worth asking your doctor to do some imaging. Taking care of a cervical problem can often ease some of your migraine pain!
    Good Luck!

  • devgurl00
    9 months ago

    one of my symptoms, i just learned is a dull ache in my right shoulder that then radiates down to my wrist and fingers. not a tingling sensation — a pain sensation. i’m sure it comes from tension in my neck which goes along with my migraine, but it’s something new that i noticed during this long weekend of nonstop migraine.

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    I feel I may have commented to a few of you with what could be construed as medical advice. My intent was not harmful. I just like to help when I can and if I know something that maybe someone hasn’t tried I want to share that knowledge. If it helps one person, perfect. But I apologize if I broke the rules.

  • Amanda
    1 year ago

    My newest symptom that is most annoying is that I am severely itchy with the allodynia. It’s hurts so bad to scratch. No visable hives.

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    Take 50 mg of Benadryl orally. It’s a trick they use at the ER to not only break the headache but it helps with the awful itching.

  • Nor
    1 year ago

    After a long battle with migraine since puberty, I found solution in eating according to my blood type. This diet provides me with all the essential nutrients which also eliminates all my perimenopause symptoms which plaqued me for 6 years. I no longer take medication. At the slightest hint of impending attack, I rub Essential Magnesium Night Cream on my forehead, temple, back of my neck and shoulders. It prevents full-blown attack and lessen the intensity of pain. This cream however does not work when migraine is already full-blown.

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    Do you find that the cream affects the color of your skin? I have heard that it can make delicate skin bleach. So I’m curious.

  • Carol D. Marsh
    1 year ago

    I also experience changes in my ability to taste, and I’ve thought that might be related to my chronic migraines. But I never see it on any symptom list.

  • Ginalcb
    1 year ago

    I was surprised to know diarrhea was one of my migraine symptoms. That symptom only came to surface recently too. After ruiling out stomach/colon issues my PCP and neurologist came to the conclusion that it was due to anxiety, nerves and constant worrying about the migraine.
    Of course I was put on anxiety medicine and was instructed that I had to do exercises that would help with the anxiety. It was recommended to get this book by Edmund J. Bourne, PHD, The Anxiety & Phobia woekbook. I was leary at first but some of the exercises really helped. Sometimes I think it helps with the pain itself.

  • Ronan
    2 years ago

    This article came through my FB feed today. I am sorry that so many deal with these strange symptoms, but grateful for sharing what you go through.

    I knew changes in body temperature, anxiety attacks and so many other sypmtoms were a part of attacks. I experience so many of these. But I also get bouncing vision, strange smells, eye irratation can also be related to attacks. I do smell things that aren’t there like burnt toast. I know I don’t have epilepsy. I also have experienced Tooth sensitivity over the past couple of years. Made me wonder if it was possible to be teething again in my 40’s.

    Truly grateful for this community and for everyone who shared their experiences for this list.

    Warmly,

    Ronan

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    Tooth pain is one of my worst symptoms. My personal cures is a bit of warm water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, melt in a good dab of Orogel and swish really well. Whole mouth goes very comfortably numb. Or chew on a dry wash cloth. My teeth can be worse than anything else sometimes.

  • jems
    2 years ago

    As well as all the usual vile symptoms, I get scary palpitations. My migraines are hormone related (estrogen loss/fluctuation?) and came back in my 40s when I hit early menopause. Previously I had them from 9 to c.20 years old when I assume hormones were rising/fluctuating. At menopause the loss of protective estrogen has affected brain neurotransmitters and reduced my ‘threshold’ allowing triggers to create the perfect storm of migraine attacks.

    I find magnesium spray on the hideous neck knots helps somewhat and magnesium supplements. A cold flannel over my burning, inflammed brain and eyes. A monster one feels like I’m dying and takes a bit of me away, the depression is so ghastly – it must be the drop in serotonin levels.

    Sympathies to all those out there living with this dreadful affliction that most people view as a ‘bad headache’ rather than what it really is – a neurological disorder.

  • Julie
    3 years ago

    Anyone else get knee buckling? It’s the one symptom that stumps all my doctors.

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    I have a joint disorder so I may not be the best example because my joints do that all the time. But they do it more when I have a migraine. Personally I think it’s because I get very cold when I get migraine and joints don’t operate well when cold. Try a brace or heating gel to keep the joints warm and see how that works for you. Does wonders for me.

  • Casper6
    3 years ago

    I has sinus surgery about 3 years ago. The goal was to relieve sinus pressure I would get during night if l slept on right side. That would trigger a migraine. It was very helpful. Since then, when I have a migraine coming on, my cheek bone on right side of my face will start to ache. If I apply heat to it, that feels good. That has now became one of my warning signals to take my abortive medication. Any one else get this? or have an explanation?

  • bestill
    3 years ago

    I’m new to this forum as I’ve been hanging out on vestibular and dizziness forums. Dealing with both is very hard and probably related, but most frustrating is finding ONE Dr that can put it all together. The next time I start seeing Drs again, I think I’ll try a neurologist! Currently without ins, I need to see what happens with Obamacare.

  • Zenkitty78
    3 years ago

    I have felt SO much confusion & irritability on trying to figure out why i have so many WEIRD symptoms. My nose gets so cold very easily & when it does get cold, it will progressively get worse & worse!! I have to cover it & stay away from anything thats contributing to it such as (drafts, air conditioners, being outside in winter). Its an instant migraine otherwise. I also have excessive yawning to the point of tears & jaw pain at times. I’ll have a cloudy film over my eyes that won’t go away no matter how much i try to clean them out. Or a constant “glitchy” feeling. Like i just can not keep them still. I can’t focus on just one item, i have to keep my eyes shut. Its so painful. My most debilitating symptom of all right before, during & afterwards though, is my sinuses/head & neck pain, feeling like theres so much pressure!! The weird part about that symptom isn’t the actual symptom itself, but how i have to (TRY) to relieve it… I have to bend my head backwards, (because it helps the neck pain) I have to push really hard on top of my head with one hand (it helps alleviate pain as if my sinuses are to start draining). And with the other hand, i have to push/massage on whichever temple is hurting at the time. Its ridiculous & i have been beyond fed up. But when i found this website & finally seen that i was not alone with all these unexplained horrible symptoms, it has definately gave me hope…

  • Casper6
    3 years ago

    Hi Zenkitty I can relate to some of your triggers. I wear a baseball hat A LOT, to help keep my head warm and to block the over head lights. The cold drafts is a trigger for me too. Same for the neck pain. I can’t do what do with bending you neck back, but I say do what ever works. I also get the cloudy film over my eyes, and can’t see clear, just thought it was the lighting in the room, But maybe is another migraine warning.
    Don’t be afraid to do what is best for you. And you are not alone.

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Zenkitty78, we’re glad that you’ve found us! You’re not alone, please don’t hesitate to stop by anytime you need support or just to feel community. -All Best, Donna (Migraine.com team)

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi there zenkitty78,
    You certainly do have quite a long laundry list of symptoms! I am very happy to hear that this site has provided you with a bit of piece of mind and support with knowing that you are not alone in these experiences. As I am sure you already do, it’s always helpful for your doctor if you can track your triggers and symptoms by keeping a detailed migraine journal which you can read more about here.

    Thanks for being here & please always feel free to reach out.
    Warmly,
    Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • Thompson Family
    3 years ago

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  • katdan1026
    3 years ago

    The hallucinating odors was a surprise to me when I started having it,it was a while before I associated it with my migraines. I also see shadows from the corner of my eye before an attack and my eyes twitch violently.

  • donnajeann
    3 years ago

    I did not know that being cold was a symptom, which makes sense. I am cold a lot and have 15 or more headaches per month.

  • MTKM
    4 years ago

    I have a variety of symptoms at different times. One is that I feel that a cold is coming on and instead I get a migraine. I also get a feeling of intense pressure in my head at times. Taking my medication relieves that and I don’t get a migraine. Other times I get very tired. And so many others on the list, that I never connected with migraines. I will add more to my diary now.

  • Amy Thomas
    4 years ago

    I get terrible pain usually in my left eye when a migraine is coming on, its feels like a stabbing sharp pain. Another thing I have noticed is that I have low blood pressure, so can’t take beta blockers at all. When I have a migraine or feel it coming on I check my blood pressure it has usually increased to a normal or high level. I related it to my body being in pain and I am so use to the pain it is a reminder to take my meds before it gets uncontrollable. Sometimes nausea and eye pain or my only tips other times I get the foggy feeling, its awful

  • nails
    4 years ago

    I yawn uncontrollably just before a migraine hits. I also misjudge things and bump into lots of door jams and walls. Lately I’ve been craving plain potato chips when the nausea begins, I eat a bag and it settles my stomach.
    Does anyone else experience excessive yawning as a migraine symptom?

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    Cake. When I’m towards the end of the migraine I absolutely have to have cake. It’s so weird. Pie, muffins, cupcakes, chocolate, ice cream won’t do it. Has to be cake.

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    Anyone’s eyes hurt? Not blurry, hurt. No doctor can figure this out. I love to read but it hurts too bad and brings on a migraine.

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    Yes. And sometimes for days. Blinking hurts. Not blinking just hurts even more. Touching them is just stupid.

  • SkiingIsBelieving
    1 year ago

    Yes, this makes sense, since the beginning of migraine is an electrical spasm in the occipital cortex, which is the part of the brain that controls your eyes and actually “sees.” The eyes themselves are just the window. If the attack is beginning there, pain in the eyes makes total sense to me.

  • bestill
    3 years ago

    Yes. I have been told I have dry eyes, so I use special drops. If feels like I have grains of sand in my eye, then my eyeball hurts, then the migraine.

  • BooksAndCrossStitch
    3 years ago

    I listen to audio books on a low setting when the light is too much for my eyes to read. My library has three different services that they use, so I can usually find the titles I want for free. It takes a bit of time to get used to listening rather than reading, but I find that it keeps my mind occupied on the story rather than the pain as well.

  • Elliegal
    4 years ago

    Yes! not always for each migraine, but when the “light stabs my eyes”. HOly COW. Pain around my eyeballs. Occasionally happens when I’m fighting the mild symptoms before one settles in to hijack my life.

  • Carz
    4 years ago

    I can relate to this article.Earaches or pain,Tooth sensitivity, Eye irritation, Neck pain,Trouble finding words(& pronouncing words), Inability to comprehend written or spoken information, Trouble concentrating, and I get irritated easily.

    I’m glad you have this site, and helps me a lot to learn more and be guided about migraines. #ThanksMigraine.com

    Despite all these I still choose to stay positive, and always move forward to the days without migraine.
    #FightingFilipina #Bangon

  • SunupShutterbug
    4 years ago

    So glad to see this list again as I just gave up and came to bed a 4 in the afternoon. I am having a migraine and just can’t get warm. My feet are freezing! I forgot that symptom! My ears are ringing so loud think I may go crazy no I’ve been smelling some wild things the last two days…

  • Elliegal
    4 years ago

    I definitely can relate to excessively cold feet & hands during a migraine. But that is more noticeable for me in the winter. I will get chills and goosebumps even when its 90˚+ and I’m in the sun during the summer.

  • jns192 moderator
    4 years ago

    SunupShutterbug,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I am sorry that you are having a migraine and can’t get warm!
    I thought you might enjoy reading this article about cold fingers and toes. Also be sure to check out the comments at the end of the article for more community feedback from members like you: https://migraine.com/blog/cold-fingers-and-toes/

    As far as your ringing ears, this symptom is called tinnitus which can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with. To learn more about tinnitus and migraine, feel free to read more here:
    https://migraine.com/blog/tinnitus/

    Lastly, as migraineurs, we are notoriously sensitive to smells. If you want to learn more about why this may be so, you can read more about it here: https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-sensitivity-odors/

    Best,
    Jillian (Migraine.com Team)

  • Wimidwife
    4 years ago

    My wierd symptom is a horrible, aching muscle knot under my shoulder blade on the side the migraine is. It aches so badly it makes me nauseated. My daughter has the same symptom. My theracane is my best friend. The muscle knot precedes the migraine. If my headache doctor has a little botox left after the scalp injections, he will use a little on one of my really sore tense muscle spots.

  • jns192 moderator
    4 years ago

    Wimidwife,
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    I am sorry about your aching muscle knot in your shoulder. That sounds very painful. Until now, I have never heard of the theracane. I just looked it up and it looks like an extremely helpful tool- I may just have to get one.

    In addition to your theracane, I wanted to share with you some tools I find helpful.
    – a little spikey ball that I roll around my back against the wall or floor
    – 2 tennis balls taped together- place them under your shoulder blades and lay on the floor- move your arms around and roll your back across them.
    -foam roller aka the poor mans massage
    – but best of all is a real massage 🙂

    I hope you find some of these helpful!
    Best,
    Jillian (Migraine.com Team)

  • David
    4 years ago

    I have frequent migraine from TBI 16 years ago. That so many of the symptoms of migraine are symptoms of TBI gets my attention. My favorite migraine symptom is irritability. Music, the cats, the wind, colors, never know what’s going to make me so cranky I can’t hardly stand it when a migraine is blowing in.

  • jns192 moderator
    4 years ago

    David,
    Thank you for your comment.
    I am sorry to hear that your TBI resulted in frequent migraine. Please know that you are not alone and we are here for you.
    https://migraine.com/blog/traumatic-brain-injury-migraine/

    I’d have to agree with you in that irritability is quite an interesting symptom. Anything and everything can set me off ESPECIALLY when I am in the midst of an attack.
    If you are interested in reading more about this topic, feel free to do so here: https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-symptoms-anger-irritability/

    Thanks for being a part of our community We are happy to have you here.

    Best,
    Jillian (Migraine.com Team)

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    I crave apple juice. If I can get apple juice into me before any other symptoms show up, it’ll usually make it so that the attack affects me less. So…I drink apple juice almost daily (cranberry juice and pomegranate juice work well for the daily as well) and always have it in my fridge (and usually with me wherever I go) or I do a “shot” of ACV. LOL! It MUST be apple and it must be juice when I’m craving it though. And those who know me know that if I say, “I really want some apple juice” they should find me some apple juice and if none can be found quickly to make me take my abortive meds. It’s so bizarre to me, but my neurologist just took it in stride as if he’d heard it before, so…

    I also usually really want nachos (corn chips with shredded cheese melted on top) when a migraine is in full swing or about to hit hard or I’m coming down off of one. LOL. My sister and family pretty much just take it in stride these days.

  • Myra
    4 years ago

    Finding out why I’m so hungry before a migraine. I knew I wasn’t hungry or even want eat during migraine. My migraines general last 3 days but can be as long as 7.

  • gertface
    4 years ago

    Does anyone get vertigo? That’s been a new one for me. Also night sweats. Thought they were over with menopause. Nope. Back now. And just as bad.

  • bestill
    3 years ago

    Yes, sometimes with and sometimes without a migraine. The whole vestibular (balance) system can be affected by migraines. I’m currently in vestibular rehab (with physical therapist). There are also vestibular migraines. That’s a whole other rabbit hole.

  • Kiwigirllara
    4 years ago

    Yes, I get terrible vertigo with migraine & am somewhat dizzy all the time

  • Nonster
    4 years ago

    I get terrible and have found meclizine to stop the dizziness. They sell it as DramamineIi but if you ask the pharmacist to order you a bottle- I get 25mg chewables-and it’s much more economical. I get 100 25mg chewables fot about $5. They help tremendously!

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    I do! Not always, but often…and I have a friend that gets it sooooo bad. I’ve had the night sweats too. Not frequently though.

  • TILTbyOriana
    4 years ago

    Exercise has helped me manage my chronic migraine – and i ended up coming up with my own fitness company because of it. Low impact, interval training – it’s wildly effective and addressed all of my issues. Please check out http://www.tiltbyoriana.com and contact me there for ANYONE who could use an exercise regimen that doesn’t aggravate our condition.

  • onehsancare
    4 years ago

    Cold nose! I feel so validated!!

  • mygrainetoo
    4 years ago

    I thought I was having incurable sinus infections for years before figuring out that they were migraines. Also, think about all the recent articles and comments about the overuse of antibiotics, ‘antibiotic resistant sinus infections’, and not using antibiotics to treat sinus infections. I believe migraines may be one of the most underdiagnosed diseases of our day in the US. Once in a while I get to speak with a ‘chronic sinus infection’ sufferer about this.

  • Joe Straub
    4 years ago

    Daily extreme burping/dyspepsia. Not sure if this is migraine related or not! It’s worse than the migraine pain for me, as its everyday!

  • mygrainetoo
    4 years ago

    The correlation between GERD/ acid reflux and migraines is very high. I’ve seen articles that proclaim to rid patients of migraines by eliminating GERD/acid reflux. Hippocrates stated that “All disease begins in the gut.” This many years later many studies are validating that statement.
    Google ‘migraines gerd’ and you’ll be amazed at what comes up.

  • Diane101010
    4 years ago

    Great article.
    For decades, my husband repeatedly said, ” You really need to go to the doctor. There is something wrong. You are sick all the time.” But, when I went to the doctor, especially complaining about being exhausted all the time, I was given ssri’s and allergy meds. Both made me more tired.
    It took 4 emergency room visits within 3 months. Each after at least 5 days of migraine.
    Now I see headache specialists regularly and understand it was all migraine symptoms. I still have 18 migraine days a month, but at least they are working on it.
    It is so much more than head pain.

  • Heather Benton
    4 years ago

    I actually laughed in spite of myself when I read this long list…as sadly I am one of those odd ducks that have all them and then some. I have had Migraines since I was a child, they became worse as I got older, hormone changes and by my late teens were hitting the Chronic stage. At 34 I finally went on LTD and here I am. I gave up explaining to people that my migraines are not just ‘a pain in my head’ and ‘don’t just last for a day’ they are never ending. My family comes from a long line of suffers and still no one get the CHRONIC part. I have one Aunt who has them as horrible as I and she get it, but other than that….they thing I am crazy! My fathers famous statement is ‘You just need to get outside more, and not take so many GD drugs, don’t know why you get headaches’ No dad there new, where were you when I was 10 and screaming in pain, throwing up, loosing my vision, the hospital trips, all the specialists. My poor dear Mother, it worried her so much! Anyway I enjoyed your list, it isn’t funny, but it was nice to know I AM NOT CRAZY! Like imaging smells and sounds. Yawning for hours is one that I had for a long time and didn’t know why…I is a horrible feeling! Another new one for me is ITCHINESS…all over but mostly around my neck, face and head. Benadryl help but it is enough me batty…especially if I am in public!
    we don’t have ‘headache specialist’ were I am! Just good ole’ family doctor! I have travel far to see them.
    I also have Fibro..which is not fun. My oldest son (21) has been cursed with the Fibro. He had migraine when he was a child and teen but not often now, but has just been diagnosed with bipolar. A heavy load. All can go hand in hand!
    Thanks for sharing this is a great sight. Enjoyable and light! Yet great information. Now lets

  • MegToland
    10 months ago

    We can be “when it rains it pours” soul sisters. I read all these lists and addenda and could add. Chronic Severe Migraine is no joke. I just got the steroid Occipital Nerve Block shots in the back of my head. And ironies of ironies, the bruising and aggrevated nerves give me a migraine for at least 2 days after getting them.

  • Maureen
    4 years ago

    I felt so validated when I found migraine.com and discovered that all my weird symptoms were migraine related and not me going hypochondriac crazy. The only real lingering mysterious co-morbid condition (not symptom) is my constant inability to stay hydrated. This is a decades-long struggle, not a “you need to drink more water” thing. I am almost always on the verge of dehydration. I always have a water bottle with me. I drink more water than anyone I know. No doctor has ever taken me seriously when I have mentioned it. Though I have been known to faint, it is not frequent.

    One other weird thing that is migraine related that I can’t find good info on is that my pupils sometimes are unevenly dilated (and not necessarily during a migraine attack). I have seen a doctor. It is definitely related to migraine, but nothing to worry about. That is the only explanation I can get. Weird.

  • AllodyniaRex
    2 years ago

    My mouth is always dry, I’m always thirsty and won’t even walk around the house without my water bottle! If I’m not drinking water constantly the nausea hits me hard.

  • Kiwigirllara
    4 years ago

    I carry water everywhere too. I’m always thirsty.

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    My guess on the water thing is that you’re drinking too much water for the amount of salts that you are consuming. Your body isn’t retaining it and the salts just wash away. (I’m not a salt lover, so I have to be super careful and intentional with this.) I’ve also found that my tap water contributes to the problem, even through the Brita filter system I had. I could drink juices and such and feel hydrated all day; same for tea when I boiled the water, so I figured it was something to do with my water. I took the plunge and bought an expensive water purification system with my birthday and Christmas money this year…and it fixed that a whole lot! Would never have been able to afford it without that extra money though. My Berkey was the best investment of money I think I have ever made! Now if I’m thirsty, I know I’m actually dehydrated and haven’t consumed enough fluids and salts.

  • gertface
    4 years ago

    I get the uneven pupils too. Doctors don’t seem to make too much of it but to me its,just not right.

  • C.A.
    4 years ago

    For YEARS I asked medical personnel about a “yellow curtain” that comes down over my left eye….it causes the vision in that eye to go completely dark, and then as my vision starts to come back it makes everything look like you are looking at a film negative. It slowly fades to normal vision and then everything is okay. An optometrist told me that it is an “Ocular migraine”. FINALLY! Someone could tell me that I am not crazy!

  • mygrainetoo
    4 years ago

    You’ve probably tried this, but I carry salt and use it on almost everything except Fritos and Cheetos. It’s helped me stay hydrated a lot.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi Maureen,
    We are so happy you found us here and thank you for taking the time to share your comment! I have an article related to pupils being dilated which I think you might find very helpful to review: https://migraine.com/blog/dilated-pupils-anyone/. Be sure to check out the member comments at the conclusion as I think you will be happy to read that you are not alone when it comes to this symptom! Kudos to you for keeping your doctor up to date with all these symptoms as this is critical component to migraine management. Also, here is another article which discusses a tip for hydration: https://migraine.com/blog/the-migraine-girls-secret-to-staying-hydrated/.
    Thank you again and especially for being part of our community!
    Take care,
    Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • Cocodog
    4 years ago

    Water retention! I blow up like a balloon!

  • JESS256
    2 years ago

    I have had migraines since I was 5. They started with just aura but no pain. The pain started when I was about 10.
    Each episode is different, some of my symptoms have included:
    chills
    overheating
    numb hands, feet, mouth
    sore teeth
    aura every time
    exhastion
    yawning
    irritability
    nasau
    I once had a migraine with no pain or aura, just numbness on my face and hands,,,, though I was having a stroke that time (atypical Migraine)
    My migrains are caused by pressure changes, and some stress. No medications have been successful.
    Some are not so bad that I can keep doing what I am doing, and some have me climbing into bed…. just the way it is 🙁

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