How is migraine with aura diagnosed?

Migraine FAQs: How is migraine with aura diagnosed?

Diagnosing migraine with aura uses the same criteria as migraine without aura, with the addition of aura symptoms.

Aura can cause visual symptoms as well as lead to disturbances in other senses.

Visual aura symptoms include

  • Seeing flashes or flickering light
  • Seeing zigzag lines or waves, also called fortification illusions
  • Seeing spots, stars, halos, circles, lines, other shapes or colors
  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of vision
  • Cloudy vision
  • Other vision changes
  • Seeing three-dimensional effects
  • Seeing dark areas

Sensory aura can cause the following symptoms, in the face, tongue, hand, arm, foot, leg or throughout the body:

  • Tingling or numbness
  • The feeling of pins and needles
  • Odd sensation in a body part

Diagnosing migraines can be tricky, particularly since there's no specific blood or saliva test for it. Keeping a record of your symptoms and finding a doctor who specializing in treating migraines is the best course of action.