Migraines can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head, and often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Symptoms can vary from person to person. Occasionally migraine pain may interfere with jobs, daily routines, and activities.
Migraines can occur in four different stages: pro-drome, aura, attack, and post-drome. Pro-drome may occur a couple days before a migraine that may include warning signs. An aura may occur before or during migraines and display reversible, undesirable symptoms of the nervous system. The attack can last up to 72 hours if left untreated. After an attack, post-drome may last for a day or two and may make you feel drained, confused, and washed out.
If you think you are experiencing migraines, it is important to keep track of symptoms, identify triggers, and contact your doctor if you have any new symptoms or questions regarding your attacks.