Your Less Talked About Symptoms of Migraine

Last updated: January 2021

Recently, a story was published to our site detailing one of our member’s struggles with the lesser-known symptoms of migraine.  Visual aura, pain, nausea, and vomiting are all symptoms known too well to those with migraine, but that’s not all! Those with migraine frequently report other symptoms, like trouble with body temperature regulation, hypersensitivity, brain fog, depression, and much more. We reached out to you, the community, to find out what you’re less-talked about migraine symptoms were and your answers were incredible!  Here are some of your responses!

Problems with regulating body temperature

“I get very hot when I have a strong of migraines, and I’ve never heard of anyone else who does! If I exercise, I am so hot for the rest of the night that my body is still radiating heat hours later and I can’t sleep”

“I’m usually hot, but freezing, and very restless”

“Gosh, I can relate to that!! All I want is to sleep under covers, but I’ll turn the AC so far down, and I’m still radiating heat!”

“Yes, I am the same way, even leaving the window open all night in the dead of winter and sleeping with ice packs just to control it. Or constantly asking if anyone else is freezing, and not being able to get warm”

Many individuals with migraine report having difficulty controlling their body temperature. One minute you may be burning up, and the next freezing! And this change doesn’t have to be accompanied by a fever or any signs of illness.

Hypersensitivity and Cognitive Fog

“I want the comfort of being wrapped warmly, but the fabric hurts when it touches my skin. I am aware of every fold in the fabric, every lump in the bed”

“It’s like being in a fog and hyped up on a lot of caffeine, but with “SQUIRREL!” moments added”

“The heightened sensitivity to everything. Every movement every light, flash, noise, whisper is magnified times 10000”

“I get the hypersensitivity as well—every sound cases more pain, especially repetitive sounds”

Although they may seem contrasting, many individuals with migraine report feeling both of these sensations either cyclically, or even at the same time!

Color changes, out-of-body experiences, and olfactory auras

“Sometimes my arms are different colors too. One is redder than the other and it’s not due to sun exposure”

“Can feel like you’re outside your body, watching things from a distance, while experiencing the pain in your body”

“The smells. The other day I kept smelling rotting meat! It was awful!”

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