Migraine Aura Symptoms

Written by Holly Hazen

Just before the pain phase comes the aura phase. Migraine aura symptoms differ slightly from prodrome stage as what I consider more sensory physical sensations and they can fluctuate.

If you don’t catch the over stimulation in the prodrome phase, the aura phase becomes your next sign the pain is on its way.

I find some of these signs frightening.

The air starts to move for me and there are little dots everywhere. Nausea sets in quickly after that.

The word aura is used to describe two types of migraine:

• Migraine with aura (also known as "classic" migraine)

• Migraine without aura (also known as "common" migraine)

These commonly occurring symptoms, aka aura, are physiological reactions that provide us with a warning sign that a migraine is coming. Approximately 20%-30% of migraine sufferers get migraines with auras, meaning that 70%-80% do not.

Most statistics say that an aura most commonly occurs one hour before the pain phase sets in and lasts from 15 to 60 minutes. My aura symptoms last much longer than that. Or they seem to. I guess, once again, I am not one of the 'normal' statistics.

Migraine Aura Blurry Vision Trees

Visual auras include:

• Bright flashing dots or lights

• Blind spots

• Distorted vision

• Temporary vision loss

• Wavy or jagged lines

Aura symptoms also affect our other senses. My sense of smell and taste are almost always effected now. Other aura symptoms might include ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and most recently my whole face is tingling which feels more like vibrating.

A few of the more rare migraine conditions that include neurological migraine auras are:

Basilar Artery Migraines

The symptoms typically occur suddenly and can be associated with the inability to speak properly, ringing in the ears, nausea and vomiting.  Dizziness causing a loss of balance, and confusion, can also precede the attack.

The back of the head is the most common place for the pain to start. This type of migraine is linked to the hormonal cycle and primarily affects young adult women.

Hemiplegic Migraines

The migraine aura symptoms experienced at the onset of this migraine episode may be temporary numbness, dizziness, or vision changes. 

This type of migraine is most commonly compared to having a stroke as there is temporary paralysis (hemiplegia), along with nerve or sensory changes on one side of the body.

Muscle weakness is most common. Some sufferers experience this paralysis without the pain phase. 

Ophthalmoplegic Migraines

This rare form of migraine, is an emergency medical condition, as the migraine aura symptoms can also be caused by an aneurysm.

Pressure on the nerves behind the eye causes pain around the eye, and can also cause paralysis in the muscles surrounding the eye.

Other common symptoms include double vision, or other vision changes, with a droopy eyelid as a more significant warning symptom.

Retinal Migraines

I get eye pain with most of my migraine attacks.

Retinal migraines are scary. There is, at the onset, a temporary, partial, or complete loss of vision in one eye, along with a dull pressure or also called a dull ache behind the eye that often spreads to the rest of the head.

Status Migrainous

This type of migraine is rare. Luck me, this is my diagnosis.

It can last more than three days and the pain and nausea are so intense that individuals often need to be hospitalized. The catch twenty two is that medication withdrawal can also cause this type migraine disorder.

Ways To Cope With Migraine Aura Symptoms

Recent studies are now saying to combine alternative therapies with traditional approaches to help reduce attacks. So medications and what ever else helps!

The sooner I take my triptan medication, the sooner the symptoms subside.

I really like using guided meditations and hypnosis to help cope with my symptoms.

These are three of my favorites:

A dark quiet room and ice packs for migraine relief are also essential. There is nothing like ice on my neck and head to reduce my symptoms.

Read this post - How to Treat a Migraine with Ice and Heat.

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Reference: Reviewed by Dr R Senelick (2015) for WedMD Your Guide to Migraine Headaches (Updated July 2016).

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