Symptoms and headache Types

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If you have two or more of the following symptoms during an attack it is probable that you are suffering from migraine:
Intense throbbing headache, often on one side of the head only;
  • Visual disturbances (blind spots, distorted vision, flashing lights or zigzag patterns) - these symptoms are often called aura;
  • Nausea and / or vomiting and / or diarrhoea;
  • Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia);
  • Increased sensitivity to sounds (phonophobia);
  • Increased sensitivity to smells (osmophobia).
You may also experience other neurological symptoms (also known as aura), including:
  • Stiffness of the neck and shoulders;
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Tingling or stiffness in the limbs;
  • An inability to concentrate;
  • Difficulty in speaking;
  • Paralysis or loss of consciousness (in very rare cases).
A general rule of thumb is that if a headache and / or other associated symptoms prevent you from continuing with normal daily activities it could be a migraine.
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