As if migraine disease wasn’t bad enough, there’s more than one type, each with their own unique and alarming symptoms. Even worse, a person is able to have more than one type of migraine disease.
I have more than one type myself, and have indicate those with an asterisk *
Migraine With Aura*
This type includes visual disturbances such as seeing wavy lines, flashes of light or short-term blindness. This type, at one time, were referred to as Classic Migraines. The aura usually appears a few minutes, or an hour before the actual migraine pain. Most migraineurs do not have auras with their migraines. Only about 20% of migraineurs experiences auras.
Migraine Without Aura*
Just as the name indicates, this type of migraines does not have the visual disturbances, but does have the intense throbbing pain, nausea, sensitivity to light, sounds and smells. Migraines can last 4 to 72 hours.
Migraine Aura Without Headache*
Also called a silent migraine. Aura, with no pain About 1% of migraineurs will experience this type of migraine.
In addition to regular migraine symptoms and pain, vestibular migraine include several more disturbing symptoms:
- Severe dizziness
- Other motion problems in the head, eyes or body,
Diminished eye focus
- Photo-sensitivity (light)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ataxia (loss of control over bodily movement)
- Neck pain
- Muscle spasms in the upper spine
Basilar migraines are very rare, with alarming symptoms:
- Loss of balance
- Double vision
- Burred vision
- Difficulty in speaking
- Fainting. During the headache, some people lose consciousness.
The fainting is what really sets the basilar migraines apart from the others.
This is a very rare, and severe, type of migraine. It has the typical migraines symptoms, but a couple very scary ones, that can be mistaken for a stroke.
- Reversible paralysis occurs, usually on one side
- Extended aura. In some people, aura symptoms can last for days or weeks.
This type of migraine is very rare, and most often occurs in children. It involves muscles of the eye, along with typical migraine symptoms, plus these specific symptoms:
- Dilation of the pupils
- Inability to move the eye upward, downward or across, as well as a drooping of the upper eyelid
Always go to the ER whenever you have new-to-you symptoms during a migraine.
What different types of migraines do you have?