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Common Signs of a Migraine

Part of the Migraines For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Headaches aren't the only symptom of migraines. Migraines are an umbrella for multiple symptoms, and everyone experiences a migraine a little bit differently. How do you know you have a migraine? The following are the hallmarks of a migraine headache:

  • A drooping eyelid (more common in cluster headaches but it can happen in migraines)

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Cold hands and feet or feeling hot all over

  • Flushed or pale face or a very red face

  • Frequent, regular headaches

  • Moderate to severe pain

  • Pain lasts several hours to three days

  • Tender scalp

  • Throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head

  • Feeling better after sleeping

Associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, sensitivity to loud noises and light, and feeling depressed.

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