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Post Migraine Symptoms: What Happens After An Attack

Written and verified by Holly Hazen

Postdrome or post migraine symptoms can often linger for a day or two while your body and brain is attempting to recover from the neurological thunderstorm. Brain fog; feeling hungover or beaten up; low energy; tired and depressed. These are just a few symptoms you might be experiencing after your migraine attack.

If you suffer like this after an attack... try these things below to help yourself recover more quickly from the whole thing.

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* FYI - lingering symptoms after the pain phase (and between attacks) is a normal stage of migraine. *

Migraines are caused by a chemical imbalance occurring in the brain.

A drop in serotonin triggers the release of neuropeptides, which in turn causes the nerves and blood vessels in the brain to become over excited and reactive. 

Do you feel the results of these changes before the pain phase part of the migraine sets in, and continue to feel them after the worst of the migraine has passed?

That's normal.

How long does this hangover part last? 

The postdrome or post migraine stage often lingers for up to a couple of days while your brain is attempting to recover from the neurological disturbance.

You can read about the stages here - The 4 Phases of a Migraine Attack

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The symptoms that occur postdrome can include:

• Low appetite

• Fatigue; low energy

• Mild headache

• Feeling dizzy

• Body aches

• Cognitive impairment (aka brain fog)

• Difficulty concentrating 

• Low or elated mood

• Limb and muscle weakness

These post migraine symptoms sound more gentle than the intense pain phase, but they can be just as debilitating.

If you feel dull and beaten up for days after a long attack... I have some tips for you so keep reading.

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Here are some tips to help you manage the hangover...

Good Ways To Treat Post Migraine Symptoms

There is no known cure for migraines (yet!). But there are a variety of treatments that can help to reduce the intensity of the attacks, including the postdrome symptoms.

There are several drugs that can treat migraines and there is evidence that the use of aspirin and an antiemetic drug can help reduce the symptoms associated in the postdrome stage of the migraine.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like aspirin can be purchased without prescription and can be very helpful with pain or body aches.

It's an exciting time to see what the new GCRP drugs for migraines will do to prevent attacks. 

But right now... the main thing is to treat the symptoms that you have.

It's also important to avoid things such as red wine which can trigger another migraine.

Your postdrome symptoms can last 1-2 days so getting plenty of rest can help.

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You might find resting in a dark room with no noise will help you the most.

If you have no appetite, try to eat something. Low blood sugar can be a migraine trigger. I normally suggest trying light foods such as small amounts of soup or bone broth.

Sometimes it takes time and patience to find the appropriate treatment that works best for you. If the migraine recurs, and increases stress, anxiety or depression, you should inform your physician immediately. It might mean a different treatment strategy to find a way to help control these symptoms as well. 

The triggers that can set off your migraine can also cause you to have worse postdrome migraine symptoms or another attack. If you know what they are, then don't expose yourself to your triggers after an attack either.

In order to deal better with your post migraine symptoms, you might have to experiment a little to find the best things that work for you. It can be trial and error!

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Post Migraine Symptoms Tips @migrainesavvy #migrainerelief #stopmigraines #migraineHere are some great tips to deal with post migraine symptoms. This is what I do while I recover from a long 10-day episode. I think we often forget to keep taking care of ourselves even after the migraine pain phase has stopped.

6 Steps to Help Manage Your Post Migraine Symptoms Better Next Time


1.  Consult with your doctor to consider taking “formulations of aspirin 900 mg together with 10 mg of the antiemetic metoclopramide are better than placebo at reducing symptoms of nausea and vomiting” if you still experience these as symptoms after the pain phase has ended. [1]

If you don't want to take (more) medications, ginger is good to help stop headaches and it aids digestion. This post has an easy recipe for ginger tea - This Home Remedy for Migraine Can Stop Pain


2.  Continue to rest in a dark room if you can. This may be hard if you have things you HAVE to do, like feed the kids or get back to work.


3.  Eat light foods like soups to rehydrate yourself. Instead of a protein shake, I make a high protein meal and puree it into a soup. Here's my favorite high protein migraine soup recipe if you want to experiment with it.

Stews and casseroles are also easier to digest.


4.  Avoid known triggers (alcohol / red wine) for two days after. This is almost a no-brainer!

5.  Avoid stressful situations.

6.  Avoid stressful people. Just avoid stress, if you can, for a few days.

*** If you can abort your migraine faster right from the start, you might also experience less post hangover symptoms.***

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Until next time, stay well.

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Post Migraine Symptoms Source:
1. Wiley-Blackwell. (2010, April 13). Migraine: Aspirin and an antiemetic is a reasonable option, review finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 8, 2016 from: Updated Nov. 4, 2022