What Type of Migraine do you get?


Migraines affect one in seven adults in the UK, with women being three times more likely to get them than men. You can get migraines at any age but they are most common from adolescence up to the age of 50. About half of all people who get migraines have a family history of them.

The most common types of migraine are migraine with aura (classic migraine) and migraine without aura (common migraine). Aura is like a set of warning symptoms that comes on just before your migraine.

Common aura symptoms include:

• visual disturbances – such as flashing or flickering lights, zigzag lines, blurred vision, temporary blindness
• numbness or a tingling sensation – common in the hands, arm or face, similar to ‘pins and needles’
• slurred speech
• poor concentration
• problems with your co-ordination

Most people don’t get aura with their migraines. The general symptoms of migraines include:

• a headache that lasts anything from four up to 72 hours
• pulsating or throbbing pain, often just on one side of your head
• a headache that gets worse when you’re active or stops you from being active
• feeling sick or vomiting
• increased sensitivity to light and noise

Most people don’t need to see their GP when they get a migraine. However, it’s a good idea to see him or her if your migraine changes or if they start suddenly.

• your migraines become more frequent or get worse over time
• you’re over 50 and you have never had a migraine before
• you get aura symptoms lasting more than an hour

You may get a migraine at any time, when you wake up, during the day or at night. You may be able to sense when a migraine attack is about to start. This is different from aura, instead it’s a sensation that a migraine may be beginning. Irritability, lack of concentration, food cravings and tiredness can all warn you that you may be getting a migraine. A third of people have aura with their migraine. Aura symptoms don’t tend to last for more than an hour and you usually get them before the general headache symptoms of a migraine start.

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