Migraine fever symptoms: an introduction

Migraine attacks can have a range of symptoms. These migraine symptoms vary from person to person. Some migraine sufferers complained of fever during migraines.


Fever may be a sign of a more serious or life-threatening condition such as stroke, meningitis or encephalitis. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience fever, particularly if the fever comes along with stiff neck, problems speaking, lack of balance, facial weakness, weakness in the arms or legs or fainting.

Definition of fever

For an adult, when the body’s temperature is at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it is considered a fever. For children, the temperature is considered fever depending on where it is taken.

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Children have a fever is when the temperature is at or above:

  • Rectally 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Orally 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Under Arm 99 degrees Fahrenheit

Can migraines cause fever

It is difficult to say what causes different migraine symptoms. Sometimes symptoms that occur are caused by the same bodily functions that cause migraine pains. In other cases, the symptoms can be because of another disorder or ailment that occurs at the same time as the migraine attack. In some cases, migraine sufferers say migraines do cause fever when they have attacks.

Studies on migraine and fever

One study of 1,787 children with migraines in Rome between 1981 and 1995 found that 9 percent had fever.

Other factors that can cause fever

  • Heat exhaustion
  • A woman’s menstrual cycle
  • Arthritis
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Vasculitis, inflammation of blood vessels
  • Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Immunizations
  • Teething in infants
  • Certain cancers
  • Strong emotions
  • Physical activity
  • Blood clots
  • Elevated room temperature
  • High humidity
  • Heavy clothing
  • Time of day – temperature is typically higher in the evening

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Managing migraine symptoms can be helped by keeping an accurate account of each migraine attack in your migraine journal. Rate the severity of your symptoms, how often they occur and how long they last. This will help determine what your migraine triggers are as well as help you prepare to treat migraines before the pain becomes too severe. Your migraine journal will also help you discuss your symptoms with your migraine specialist.