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
- Fluid retention
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- 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.