The strange early signs of a migraine attack
Some of the earliest signs of a migraine attack are less obvious, even to people with migraine. It\'s important to identify these early symptoms in the prodrome stage, as early detection can affect how well treatment works against an attack. We asked our Facebook community if they have any unusual early migraine signs, and here\'s what you told us (you can view the complete list here):
Read more about yawning as a migraine warning.
Is yawning one of your prodrome symptoms (the first phase of migraine)?
Many people experience facial pain/symptoms including sinus pain, watery eyes, nasal congestion, jaw or ear pain during a migraine.
Do your eyelids get puffy with a migraine attack?
Although it often goes unrecognized as a migraine symptom, one study found that neck pain was even more common than nausea as a migraine symptom.
Have you ever experienced neck pain before or during a migraine attack?
Many people experience food cravings in the early stages of a migraine attack, making it more difficult to identify foods that may be actual migraine triggers. Do you crave certain foods? See what our community said they crave most often.
There are a lot of descriptions for the mood changes of migraine’s prodrome, including irritable, anxious, agitated, distracted, unfocused, confused, indecisive, sad and just plain grumpy. Learn more about mood swings and migraine.
Do you experience mood changes when you have migraines?
Although a "cold nose" may only be migraine-related, Raynaud’s phenomenon/syndrome is also a frequent comorbid condition with migraine. The primary symptoms of Raynaud’s are cold and brightly discolored fingers, hands, toes, feet and other extremities. Raynaud’s can also affect the face (nose, ears, lips) and breasts.
What's the longest you've experienced throbbing pain during a migraine attack?
Where on your body do you experience numbness or tingling?
Have you taken our Migraine In America Survey yet?