Migraine Symptom Map

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Aura

Aura usually describes a visual disturbance, or an illusion. The migraine sufferer may see light or a shape that isn’t there, experience temporary loss in vision, or experience other changes in vision. Sensory aura refers to changes in other senses that can last a few minutes or up to a few hours.
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Diarrhea & constipation

Some people experience diarrhea or constipation along with their migraines.
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Difficulty concentrating

For many people, difficulty concentrating is a migraine symptom that occurs during the migraine prodrome or postdrome, which are the first and last stages of migraine.
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Fatigue

Before, during and even after a migraine attack, a number of migraine sufferers report an overall lack of energy.
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Feeling lightheaded

For people with migraines, the lightheaded feeling is a common symptom. It is often associated with vertigo or dizziness.
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Fever

Some migraine sufferers complained of fever during migraines.
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Food cravings

The desire or craving for certain foods has been linked to migraines.
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Hives

Hives, a common complaint, sometimes occur in migraine sufferers. Hives are also called urticaria.
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Mood changes

Changes in mood occur in some migraine sufferers. At times, mood changes can happen before, during or after the actual migraine attack.
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Nausea or vomiting

Nausea can occur by itself or it may cause vomiting.
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Neck pain

Pain in the neck has been listed as a migraine symptom for some migraine sufferers.
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Numbness or tingling

These sensations of numbness, sometimes called sensory aura, can occur before, during or after the migraine pain begins.
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One-sided head pain

Although migraines may cause pain all over the head, often the pain starts or is concentrated on one side. Pain on one side of the head is called unilateral pain.
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Puffy eyelid

A symptom seen in some migraine sufferers is puffy eyelid. This is also called eyelid edema or oedema.
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Sensitivity to light

The majority of migraine sufferers experience the migraine symptom light sensitivity during a migraine attack.
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Sensitivity to smells

About 40 percent to 50 percent of migraine sufferers experience a change in their sense of smell during a migraine attack.
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Sensitivity to sound

About three quarters of migraine suffers complain of sound sensitivity.
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Throbbing pain

The most common symptom among migraine sufferers is throbbing head pain.
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Vertigo

Migraine is responsible for more cases of vertigo than any other medical condition.
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Vision changes

In addition to causing pain, migraines often cause changes in the senses. The most common sense impacted is eyesight.
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Weakness

Although many of the migraine symptoms center around head pain, some migraine sufferers feel weak during a migraine.
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