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  • By Suellen

    I have been reading a lot about symptoms and have yet to find anyone that experiences or has shared that they experience “flushing” before or with their migraines. I suffer with chronic migraines, debilitating for 12 years. In the last two years they have changed, symptom wise. My question is: Does anyone experience a skin flush, bright red, from your chest and up your neck to your face? I know I am in big trouble when this starts. I am unable to take ANY type of triptan medications and I do have cardiac issues. My doctor just shrugs her shoulders when I ask why it’s happening. On the positive side, it is a sure sign that I need to take action and do what I can to keep the pain level down. Sometimes I feel as if I am alone in my pain because I have not found the right doctor to listen to all of the strange and alarming things that occur when I have a migraine. I have however found that many of you do suffer along with me with some of these strange alarming things also. I would just like to know why? Yes, many things are still not understood about migraines, and we are all different, but if anyone has an answer, I would appreciate a response. Thank you

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi ivbnw8n4u,

    I occasionally experience facial flushing before I get a migraine. It tends to happen when a migraine is triggered by neck pain, but not always.

    Not to worry, you are not alone!


  • By amb

    I have chronic daily migraines and I definitely experience facial flushing moments to an hour before a migraine. Either my entire face will flush bright red, getting really hot, or the same will happen to one ear on the side of the impending migraine. Even more odd, I have noticed that in the past 4 or so months (as long as I have been flushing) I wake up in the morning and the back of my left hand is bright red in the same way.

  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator


    Have you told your doctor about this change? It’s always good to check in when you have a change in symptoms to be sure everything’s OK and your current treatment regimen is the right approach. Those of us with chronic migraine tend to brush that sort of thing off (I have many times), so I wanted to ask.


  • By Shawn

    I have been trying figure out the source of my flushing. I can totally relate to the doctor shrug off. Mine suggested recent weight gain as the source… which I know the difference between fat sweats and flushing. Since I also have IBS…it gets complicated, much like your heart problems. Tramadol has helped control it before it escalates while working on preventative solutions. I do think my doc gets the big picture. Seeing a conservative neurologist was a good decision overall. I hope you can get some relief soon.

  • By owieithurts

    My blood pressure increases, sometimes to a somewhat scary level, when I get migraines, particularly painful ones….seems there might be a link between increased blood pressure and flushing? Just a thought….

  • By SleepyBri

    This is one of migraine symptoms that let’s me know if treatment worked or not. My cheeks get 3 shades os red and burn like a sunburn, and my chin area and eyebrows flush red. Everything else is pale. My GP ran blood tests to rule out pheochromocitoma and a few other things, but every thing came back clear. So my neurologist added it to my symptom list. However, I don’t know if you can take anything to actively treat it….cool (wet or dry) clothes provide temporary relief for me.

    And since it has been a “signal symptom”, for me I think I have to live with it.

  • By nosirrah

    I have rosacea, which causes facial flushing and heat. So, I recommend seeing a dermatologist to make sure what you are experiencing isn’t rosacea. There is a coorelation with migraine and rosacea in women.

    With that being said, I have a cream I put on my cheeks in the morning that constricts the capillaries so that the redness goes away. I’ve started noticing that some mornings it doesn’t work or I end up with blotchy redness or it works only on 1 side. So, I’m starting to think that when that happens, it’s a prodrome symptom. It happened this morning and now I have a migraine. This may not be the best time for me to try to figure out if this is a prodrome though because we’ve been having pop up thunderstorms everyday, so this migraine could be weather related and the flushing is something else. Anyway – I will try to see what I can figure out over the next weeks/months.

  • By sdunn0220

    I too have flushing in the face and neck area before, during, and after a very bad migraines . I also have problems cooling down.

  • By Lynnzie

    I know this post is a few years old, but I thought I’d chime in. I have been struggling with both migraines and vestibular migraines, which cause terrifying and debilitating vertigo. Both of which will cause my face to be red. I also sometimes get a distinct red pattern on my face BEFORE a migraine starts. I can also experience smelling a strong burning smell (electrical or plastic kind) or an intense increase in my tinnitus levels before a bad migraine sets in. All of these have been labeled as uncommon aura symptoms.
    I seek both western and eastern medicine advice. My acupuncturist is from Beijing, China and her mother was a well known acupuncturist there, as well. She grew up with Chinese medicine. She said my face turning red is not a good thing and that it means “heat” in my body. The Chinese believe in balancing your body. Something is causing the “heat” whether it be a food sensitivity, stress, lack of sleep, etc. She treats me to “cool” my inner energy that is often on fire! Chinese medicine is fascinating and worth doing a little research of your own. I can walk gingerly into her office with sunglasses on because of a bad migraine and walk out normally. I’m very thankful for her since I have just about every bad side effect to the drugs used for this condition. I can’t take them. Even the pain meds that I can tolerate don’t harness the bad migraines. Sometimes mixing eastern and western medicine does the trick for me.