Migraine Signs & Symptoms

What to look for 

Symptoms by Location

While a headache with light or noise sensitivity and nausea or vomiting are the hallmark symptoms of migraine, be aware that this condition can cause an array of symptoms throughout the body.

*Hover over each region on the graphic below to see symptoms associated with that area of the body.

Symptoms by Location

While a headache with light or noise sensitivity and nausea or vomiting are the hallmark symptoms of migraine, be aware that this condition can cause an array of symptoms throughout the body.

Ear

  1. Ear pressure
  2. Blocked ear
  3. Noise sensitivity
  4. Sensation of water or foreign object
  5. Discomfort when exposed to wind or touch
  6. Tinnitus
  7. Loss of balance or spinning sensation
  8. Neck and/or shoulder pain
  9. Sudden loss of hearing in one ear
  10. Fluctuating hearing loss
  11. Difficulty understanding what people are saying

Eye

  1. Light sensitivity
  2. Watery eyes
  3. Visual disturbances - flashing lights, zig-zag's, blindspots, colored spots
  4. Persistence or reappearance of an image after you stop looking at the image (palinopsia)
  5. Double vision
  6. Temporary, partial loss of vision
  7. Pain behind eyes or in the cheek

Nose

  1. Unexplained blockage or congestion
  2. Excessive clear secretions
  3. Phantom smells
  4. Sensitivity to odors

Mouth

  1. Unexplained tooth pain
  2. Burning tongue or mouth sensation

Face

  1. Pain and/or pressure around eyes & sinuses
  2. TMJ pain
  3. Tingling
  4. Numbness

Brain

  1. Head pain
  2. "Brain fog" - difficulty thinking/concentrating/remembering
  3. Aphasia - difficulty finding words
  4. Chronic fatigue
  5. Sleep disorders
  6. Yawning
  7. Mood changes
  8. Vertigo or dizziness

Head & Neck

  1. Skin or scalp sensitivity
  2. Neck and/or shoulder pain
  3. An unexplained dry persistent cough (neurogenic cough)
  4. Pressure

Whole Body

  1. Hypersensitivity to stimuli such as touch, wind, cold, etc. (allodynia)
  2. Fatigue
  3. Temperature dysregulation or fever
  4. An unexplained dry persistent cough (neurogenic cough)
  5. Muscle stiffness
  6. Neck and/or shoulder pain
  7. Numbness and/or tingling
  8. Sensitivity to motion or motion sickness
  9. Sweating
  10. Food cravings

Abdomen

  1. Nausea and/or vomiting
  2. Abdominal pain
  3. Colic

Pelvis

  1. Frequent urination

Migraine Symptoms Podcasts

Real Migraine Patients

Migraine is more than a headache, it is a complex neurological disease that can cause symptoms through the whole body due the to impact it has on the nervous system. Hear the reality of living with migraine in our patient perspective video.

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