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What is a Migraine?

Migraine symptoms

A migraine is a debilitating, severe and constantly painful disorder that originates in the brain.  Migraines can bring pains that are excruciating which can last from as little as a few minutes to as long as a few days or even for any time period in between.  Before the onset of migraine, there will be some preceding warning signs such as:

  • blind spots
  • flashes of lights
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • increase sensitivity to sound and light
  • tingling in the legs and arms

Subtypes of Migraine

Migraine headaches can typically be classified into 2 major subtypes:

  1. The classic migraine
  2. The common migraine

The only key difference between these 2 types of migraines is that the common migraine can occur without any aura while the classic migraine usually follows an “aura”.

What is a migraine aura?

A migraine aura is a very short episode of symptoms that are linked to a focal area of dysfunction inside the brain and may include symptoms such as dizziness, visual disturbances and others.  To learn more details about migraine aura, refer to the topic “The Migraine Aura”.

Some people mistakenly believe that you can only suffer from one type of migraine.  Unfortunately there are cases where people can suffer from both classic and common migraine.