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
Loss of 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.