The Migraine Attack

The Migraine Attack

The typical migraine attack is split into four phases (Prodrome, Aura, Headache Phase, Postdrome) . Not every patient will experience all four phases and even in patients that do, the phases can vary from one attack to the next.

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Migraine Prodrome

Migraine Prodrome Although the migraine Prodrome occurs hours or even days before the headache begins it is considered to be an integral component of the migraine process. It often acts as a warning sign that a migraine is imminent. About 60% of...[read more]

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Migraine Aura

Migraine Aura The migraine aura phase involves the occurrence of one or more fully reversible focal neurological symptoms. It is experienced by about 20% of migraine sufferers although not all patients with Migraine with Aura will experience...[read more]

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Headache Phase

The headache phase is the most disabling feature of a migraine attack and is the most common reason for consultation. Typically, the following characteristics apply: Headache lasts from 4-72 hours Moderate or severe pain Usually gradual in...[read more]

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Migraine Postdrome

Migraine Postdrome: The postdromal or resolution phase follows the headache and may last for up to 48 hours. Many of the symptoms of this phase appear initially during the prodrome or with the headache phase. Typically these...[read more]

The Migraine Attack

The Migraine Attack

The typical migraine attack is split into four phases (Prodrome, Aura, Headache Phase, Postdrome) . Not every patient will experience all four phases and even in patients that do, the phases can vary from one attack to the next.

Head with Rays

More From This Section:

Migraine
Migraine Prodrome

Migraine Prodrome Although the migraine Prodrome occurs hours or even days before the headache begins it is considered to be an integral component of the migraine process. It often acts as a warning sign that a migraine is imminent. About 60% of...[read more]

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Migraine Aura

Migraine Aura The migraine aura phase involves the occurrence of one or more fully reversible focal neurological symptoms. It is experienced by about 20% of migraine sufferers although not all patients with Migraine with Aura will experience...[read more]

Migraine
Headache Phase

The headache phase is the most disabling feature of a migraine attack and is the most common reason for consultation. Typically, the following characteristics apply: Headache lasts from 4-72 hours Moderate or severe pain Usually gradual in...[read more]

Migraine
Migraine Postdrome

Migraine Postdrome: The postdromal or resolution phase follows the headache and may last for up to 48 hours. Many of the symptoms of this phase appear initially during the prodrome or with the headache phase. Typically these...[read more]