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 people with migraine experience prodromal symptoms.

Typical prodrome symptoms can include:

  • Physical symptoms
  • Muscle stiffness, especially in the neck
  • Altered perception of heat and cold
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Food cravings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yawning
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fluid retention
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound

Psychological symptoms

  • Depression
  • Euphoria
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty in concentration

Some patients are not always aware of these symptoms or may mistake them for migraine ‘triggers’. A Migraine Diary can help patients discover their prodromal symptoms, thus giving them valuable time to prepare for the later stages of the attack.

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 people with migraine experience prodromal symptoms.

Typical prodrome symptoms can include:

  • Physical symptoms
  • Muscle stiffness, especially in the neck
  • Altered perception of heat and cold
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Food cravings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yawning
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fluid retention
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound

Psychological symptoms

  • Depression
  • Euphoria
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty in concentration

Some patients are not always aware of these symptoms or may mistake them for migraine ‘triggers’. A Migraine Diary can help patients discover their prodromal symptoms, thus giving them valuable time to prepare for the later stages of the attack.