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It’s getting hot in here (so hot)

Does anyone else feel a slight increase in body temperature when a Migraine has set in (or while it’s beginning to set in)? I don’t know if this is something new with me or if I’ve just begun to notice it in the past several months, but it’s probably something I should take note of.

The other night I was talking with my friend J., who has had her bouts with Migraine disease for quite a while now and only recently has become more informed about her ailment. She has a perhaps related (perhaps unrelated), as-yet undiagnosed thing going on where her temperature will suddenly go up and she cannot concentrate. Is this part of a Migraine aura? Is it connected to Migraine at all? She says her temperature only goes up one or two degrees, but it’s enough that she cannot focus on whatever task is at hand and she feels immediately flustered and out of control. She has had lots of blood work and tests done; no doctors have figured out why her body temperature is so out of whack.

Since she was only recently diagnosed with Migraine, I’m wondering if the body temperature fluctuations are indeed related to Migraine–but since she hadn’t been an “official” Migraineur until recently, doctors didn’t have the wherewithal to connect the two elements. Or maybe I’m just making this leap since my own temperature has been up a degree or so during Migraine episodes in the last few months (or longer).

Any thoughts?

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Comments

  • Nic
    4 years ago

    Over the past few months I’ve gotten heat flashes with my chronic severe daily migraines. Sweat pours off of me. It’s gross. That’s how I can tell I’m getting one. Did a bunch of tests and everything was normal.

  • lll
    4 years ago

    I get cold before I get a migraine, opposite to you guys.

  • wendy
    4 years ago

    Yes! Well, I used to when I started getting migraines when I was 19 thru early 20s. I wasn’t chronic at that point, and while my menstral cycle has always been erratic, I could take a calendar and “plan” on the first migraine that month in a 3-5 day time and the next 5-7 days after that has higher likelihood of having a migraine. I never took my temp, but I described them as hot flashes (and of course, all my friends would look at me and laugh), shortly before a migraine would begin. (I guessed if my migraines were hormone related, why not have hot flashes?) Since I started having aura with my migraine, the hot flashes have disappeared. Now I am usually cold, especially hands and feet.

  • Harmony H
    5 years ago

    Yes, I usually use an ice pack under my neck and one over my eyes & forehead too during attacks.
    However, I also have a coexisting chronic pain illness (for which migraines are a symptom) that causes my body temp not to regulate properly. I’ve always ‘ran hot’, but it’s become more pronounced in recent years (and now I know why). I can be in air-conditioning, exerting little to no energy, with sweat pouring off me. It’s awful, and I can relate to feeling flustered and unable to concentrate on anything else!
    My point is that the ‘overheating’ sensation could be migraine related, but could also be a symptom of another condition entirely. So a good idea to consult with a doctor, and keep monitoring triggers.

  • Abby
    5 years ago

    Definitely. Almost every time before and during the beginning of a migraine my forehead gets really hot, and many times my body feels hot. I’ve never taken my temp (not sure what good it would do!) but the sensation of heat is very much happening to me!

  • Jenny Ash
    5 years ago

    Twice a week, for about three months, I would get terrible chills, shaking violently for an hour or so. It would start just as the head pain was easing. This was always followed by a high temperature of about 102. Since taking Amitriptyline, this has stopped, along with several of the other symptoms. My hands and feet still get cold, though.

  • Rebecca
    5 years ago

    Yes! I feel like I have a slight fever and my forehead feels warm to the touch. I wondered if this was common, glad to have found this post!

  • Becca
    7 years ago

    Be careful with some of the medications that you are taking as a preventative. My daughter had high fevers 104+ that would last 7-10 days and return every 8-10 weeks. Of course the fevers would increase the migraines, body aches etc. After a year of this and every test imaginable by Rheumatology and Infectious disease Doctors, we found out it was a side effect to the Zonegran she had been on for 14 months as a preventative. We found out totally by accident on the Pharmacy side effect sheet and even her Migraine Specialist couldn’t believe it. When talking to the Pharmacist about it, he said a fever is a side effect of quite a few meds. We are now off the Zonegran and she still gets an occasional fever with her Migraines, but they are low grade, nothing like she was suffering with before. So if you have high recurring fevers, please check the side effects of your medications, so you don’t have to suffer for over a year like she did.

  • Jenny Ash
    5 years ago

    So sorry to hear your daughter suffered so long with medicine induced fevers. 104 is dangerously high, especially for that long. Thank goodness you discovered the cause.
    I was getting chills and high fevers too and suspected the abortive that I was taking. However, when I stopped taking it, I still had fevers, though not quite so high. I started taking Amitriptyline and the fevers stopped.Frequency was much less and intensity too.

  • E Marrash
    7 years ago

    I have had migraines for 20 years, increasing in severity and almost untreatable in the last 6 years. I always get hot and sticky. Usually I sit in the recliner with a cold drink, maybe ice pack or cooling eye mask, with a cool blanket or sheet (I know I’m going to be chilled later) and just wait it out… Sometimes I get panic attacks too.
    A coworker has such bad fevers (up to 104 degrees), he has to go to the hospital for a morphine drip and ice bath…

  • tinamontgomery
    7 years ago

    I have noticed my face feels hot at the beginning of a migraine.

  • Melissa Tulk
    7 years ago

    yes I also am noticing this symptom.

  • Mansanas Suario
    7 years ago

    I also have a slight increase of temp before migraine and sometimes its accompanied with flashes of light. they call it Aura before a migraine.

  • Trenna Keating
    8 years ago

    I go between hot flashes and chills. I welcome the chills though as it usually indicates that I am moving through the migraine. I also get what I call hungry stomach. It feels like my stomach is empty despite it being plenty full and I throw up all meds it seems these days. Anyone have a suggestion for some relief besides drugs? Or one that is a bit easier on the stomach? Advil and Naproxin seem a no go anymore.

  • Anne
    4 years ago

    My stomach gets like that, too – the only thing that helps are fast food french fries. I don’t know why, but it settles my stomach. I also carry dramamine for nausea. Over the counter pain meds are too weak for me – Relpax seems to work well.

  • E Marrash
    7 years ago

    Try going to your doc for suppositories. I have to take one when I have nausea with my migraines.

  • Arron Blakley
    8 years ago

    Advil isn’t good for ur stomach and I heard the biggest cause of migraines is red dye. Twizzlers red licorice ect.

  • Linda Castellano
    8 years ago

    htYes I get very hot during a full blown attack been suffering with migraines my whole life I am 44tp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001991788369.

  • Tonia Mcintosh
    8 years ago

    I have a question, an it is unrelated to this topic, but I don’t know where to go to ask my question. I have a friend she is 56 yrs. old, and she has never in her life suffered from a migraine. Now she has had this headache for about 4 days now, and what she describes sound like a migraine. she has tingling on the left side of her head, near her temple, the headache is only on the left side of her head, and eye, she has the neaseau, but she doesn’t have the sesitivity to light and sound, she has a few more symptoms which I cant call right off hand, but my question is: is it normal for a woman of her age, with no history of migraine to suddenly develope one? thank you for any information you can share with me on this. I need to be able to tell her something, cause right now she is suffering without any answers. the medications aren’t working for her, and I would like to be able to give some info.

  • E Marrash
    7 years ago

    A change in hormones can bring on migraines, that is why a lot of women get them around menstruation. Although, she really needs to see a doc so the proper tests can be performed to rule out other causes.

  • Tonia Mcintosh
    8 years ago

    yes migraine, everytime I get a migraine I get so hot, I begin to sweat profusely, and now that you mentioned it, I never really took notice of it, so I never documented it, or said anything to my doctor about it. I have no idea of what it means or why it happens, but I too get very flustered. But I do thank-you for mentioning it so I can talk to my doctor about it.

  • Tatiana Swanson
    8 years ago

    the top of my head gets hot during a migraine and of course I get the light, noise and smell sensitivity. a cool, dark and quiet room and a bag of ice on my head really help.

  • Debra Raybon
    8 years ago

    I have had Migraines for 33 yearsnow. I always get hot, and my eyes get light sensitive, and the noise starts to bother me, and of course the nausea. It is then that I take my meds and go into a dark cool and quiet room to lay down, and hopefully sleep.

  • Cristi Arthur
    8 years ago

    I’ve had migraines for almost twenty years and my hands get clammy and my temperture raises. I can relate to this completely.

  • Tyler Williams Tews
    8 years ago

    I definitely get “hot flashes” when I have a migraine. My neuro says it is from a release of adrenaline during the migraine attack.

  • E Marrash
    7 years ago

    First I myself have heard the adrenaline theory. I don’t feel the usual feelings that come with an adrenaline rush though, I just get hot…

  • Laura Urrutia
    7 years ago

    Exceridine isn’t good for ur stomach. Soon it will create problem if using long term. Even Advil too.

  • Renu Aggarwal
    8 years ago

    I get migraine alot since I was 24. I take a mess of stuff. 2 Excerdine and 3 Tylenol with a coke. The sooner the better and dispite the tummy EAT! I hope you find what works for you.. I also get them b/c I don’t have enough Fe..

  • Lisa Baxter Shewmake
    8 years ago

    I do feel hotter just right before a migraine, but during a migraine I have cold chills and shiver and really cannot seem to get warm until 3 days after the migraine has left me.

  • Ann Stewart Puckett Brady
    8 years ago

    Yes, I always become hot when I feel a migraine coming on. Even more so when I’m in the full event. I have to lie down in a dark, quite room that “cool”, to sleep it off…

  • Migraine.com
    8 years ago

    Don’t forget to check out the 20+ comments on the “Comment on Migraine.com” tab as well as Dr. Mauskop’s Expert Answer on this topic here: http://migraine.com/blog/sensation-of-heat-during-migraine-attack/.

  • Charlie1210
    8 years ago

    I definitely get the “hot” thing with most of my migraines, and I always have. My neuro says it’s a release of adrenaline during the migraine attack. Sitting in front of a fan or wearing one of the cold patches (sold in the fever isle) helps.

  • themigrainegirl
    9 years ago

    Anonymous #9: I've heard that pregnancy can help with the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. I'm hoping you're finding this to be true!

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I have had migraines for 20 yrs now (I'm 32) and only noticed that my neck, face, and forehead have been warm enough to feel like I have a low-grade fever. I'm pregnant now and cannot take my prescription meds (Relpax). I'm hoping that Tylenol works for the pain and the fever!

  • Achar
    9 years ago

    hello..I was diagnosed as suffering from mograne almost 10 yrs ago. My body temperature does rise before I get a migrane and stays the same during the migrane and after until my headache disappears.( I have not checked my temp till now). I can actually feel a burining sensation in my skin and my insides feel extra warm too. This is been going on for years now, but no doc knows why..Earlier I used to only have teh fan on my face n sleep..but nowadays I prefer taking my clothes off and I have the fan on my face.

  • themigrainegirl
    9 years ago

    Douglas, I hope you're feeling on the mend! I'm sure there are times when a visit to the ER is necessary, but I hope this wasn't one of the times for you. I have been reading articles recently on how web search results about health issues tend to focus on the most serious ailments first, rarely highlighting the simple explanations for symptoms. Cheers!

  • Douglas
    9 years ago

    Good lord, am I glad to find this page.
    I googled 'fever and migraine' and got big bold warnings about menengitis and rushing to the ER.

    I have been getting migraines for a few years, and this time took my temperature because I feel feverish. I'm usually 98.6 and now I'm 99.9. So it definitely counts as "low grade fever" but now I don't feel like I have to rush to the ER wtih a migraine.

  • themigrainegirl
    9 years ago

    I don't feel this is especially problematic (especially when I compare it with the other discomforts of migraine), so I've not really worked on anything to "fix" the problem, anonymous. I'd imagine that a cool cloth on your forehead would feel awesome!

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I've had migraines for the past 25+ years and I'm 37 now. Over the past year I've noticed as a migraine is building I get very hot and sweaty although my temperature does not actually rise. About 2 hours later I am very cold, but the head pain is gone and I'm very drowsy. I'm sad to hear others have to deal with this, too, as I would not wish this on anyone, but I'm glad I'm not the only one. Has anyone done anything to help?

  • Jennifer
    9 years ago

    My actual temp doesn't seem to change however I feel hot and flushed in the face and neck. as soon as that happens I know for certain I'll be getting a full blown migraine within about 10-20 minutes

  • vikas
    10 years ago

    i feel certain change i my body temp.feels hots,burning sensation,sometimes cold as well.i fell warm mostly but my temp.usually normal.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Anytime I get a headache or migrane I take my temp just to check because I always felt that I was running hot. Sure enough I am always running 99 to 100 with a migrane. I am normally 98.5. I always complain about feeling cold too. Glad to know other people are like me.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Interesting…I googled migraine with low grade fever, and hit your website. Even though my I feel hot, my temp is usually around 98. or 97.8. normally i run around 98.6. My face feels hot and my and neck usually feel swollen.

  • Anonymous
    11 years ago

    The very first thing I do when I get a migrane is something cold to drink, ice pack and fan (window open if cold inside) I feel like I am cooking from the inside out!!

  • Anonymous
    11 years ago

    When I googled “migraine with low-grade fever,” your blog appeared. I didn’t recognize the connection between my 1-2 degree rise in temperature and my migraines until recently. Right now, I get one or two auras per month and rarely get a full-blown headache. When I get the headache, I feel very hot. Thanks for the blog… It made me feel more ‘normal.’

  • Anonymous
    11 years ago

    I just Googled up “body heat and migraine” and this came up. I wore something cool, but it’s still really hot.

  • DS
    11 years ago

    I almost always check my temp when I have a migraine to make sure I’m not coming down with the flu, b/c I feel feverish. My temparature is usually normal. So I’d say it’s probably “normal” for a migraine headache. Today, i had a migraine and my temperature was 1 degree below normal. I think I was underdressed outside. Anyone know if low body temperature could bring on a migraine?

  • Anonymous
    11 years ago

    This is the second time I’ve been feverish with a migraine. Seems to me it is fairly normal but relieved to see others have the same systems.

  • Anonymous
    12 years ago

    Me too, I just googled “temperature fluctuations with migraines” to see if it was normal and got this webpage- guess it’s normal. Okay, head huts too much, have to go now.

  • lexi
    13 years ago

    i’m a random reader who was browsing the web to see if anyone else gets hot with migraines! i’m generally a cold person, but not when i’ve got the headache.

  • katy
    13 years ago

    I often feel as though I’ve got a fever, sometimes with chills and sweating when I have a full-blown out of control migraine. When the migraine is just beginning to develop and/or is building though, yes I start to feel hot and as though I have a low-grade fever. This happens to a lot of us migraineurs.

  • Diana Lee
    13 years ago

    Feeling hot (with no actual rise in temperature) is part of the aura and migraine for me. Ideally, I start shedding clothes, get a big glass of ice water, and sit with a fan pointed directly at me. I can hardly stand it, otherwise!

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