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Your Less Talked About Symptoms of Migraine

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!”


  • Rachael
    2 days ago

    In particular, I definitely have the body temperature regulation issue. I am either freezing or insanely overheated, or, frequently enough, both at the same time. I need an ice pack and blankets.

    I am not sure how to phrase this other thing because “out of body experience” isn’t quite right. It certainly does feel like there is a signficant disconnect between thoughts and being capable of performing an action. I think it is most similar to descriptions of cataplexy; being awake but feeling paralyzed. I start to wonder if I even tried telling my body to perform an action because if it isn’t doing it, maybe I dreamed telling it to. Or maybe sleep paralysis works? It happens when I am completely unable to function. Of course, what I am trying to do most of the time when it happens is reach for my phone to call or text my husband (who is usually in the next room) for help. The muscle weakness prevents me from getting enough volume to be heard, so phone would work if I could make myself reach it.

  • sarahblankenship
    2 days ago

    I have all of these! I have a defective thermostat on migraine days. My hair hurts, brain fog, aphasia, and just flat out inability to think sticks with me for days. It’s so frustrating.

  • JuLee
    3 days ago

    I get angry real easy. I feel real bad for my husband, but can’t stop. I also have increased ringing in my ears, and everything smells really strong.

  • DinaMay
    2 years ago

    I’m really weak on days with migraine, too, Wanderer. Plus, one of the more disconcerting symptoms is this dreadful sense of foreboding. It can last a whole day before the pain sets in. At that point I finally realize that no, the world is not about to end, it’s a migraine. I’m also more sensitive to light, to sound, to smells, to wrinkles in the bedclothes, to itchiness, to heat, to cold, you name it. Yes, Ann Wallace, even my hair hurts. I can’t bear to have a ponytail or braid, not even a bobby pin in my hair during a migraine..

  • Wanderer
    2 years ago

    I feel very weak on major migraine days and just somewhat weak on the days with minor migraine. Does anyone else experience this?

  • Kippieloo
    2 years ago

    I was surprised to read recently that one of my complaints was “real”. In the midst of a nasty migraine, my HAIR would hurt! It was as if I could feel every follicle. They actually have a name for it. I think it’s spelled allodynia.
    I’m 68 years old and have had migraine since I was 13. I’ve waited decades for mine to disappear (because there’s always someone to tell you that you’ll outgrow them). Although they are not always as intense as they were when I was younger, they are still incapacitating. And friends and co-workers still don’t really understand.

  • sunshy
    2 years ago

    Oh, the lights and the smells. When I am having a migraine, I have super-human olfactory senses, which is not the super-power I would choose.

  • voiceofjoyce
    2 years ago

    Me too! You are the first other person to state it as a Superpower. And not a good one. All my senses are heightened, even my hearing.

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