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10 Signs and Symptoms That You’re Suffering From a Migraine

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10 Signs and Symptoms That You’re Suffering From a Migraine

We’re not just talking about an average headache; we’re talking about migraines, also called migraine attacks.

Statistics show that more than 37 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines. Some studies estimate that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. population have migraines — two to three million of those people suffer from chronic migraines.

Sleep disturbances, bloating, food cravings, depression, trouble concentrating, neck pain, increased thirst, and mood changes are all signs and symptoms of migraines. However, according to migraine.com, the most common migraine symptoms reported by migraine sufferers are throbbing pain, light and sound sensitivity, nausea, pain on one side, and vision changes.

It’s important to be aware and educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of a migraine. After all, migraines affect not only your head but also your entire body.

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Dizziness

Migraines are one of the leading causes of dizziness, WebMD explains. “More than one-fourth of the people in the U.S. who have migraines get this uncomfortable symptom,” according to WebMD. A person suffering a migraine may feel lightheaded or unsteady.

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Frequent Urination

Frequent urination can be a sign that you’re about to experience a migraine. It is one of the most common symptoms people experience right before a migraine hits.

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Lack of Sleep

Are you having difficulty falling asleep? Maybe you have been experiencing trouble waking up in the morning. These could be symptoms of a migraine. It’s also important to remember that lack of sleep can also increase the frequency of your migraines.

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Mood Changes

Have you noticed your moods frequently changing? One minute you feel irritable, the next depressed. These are signs of a migraine. Try to eat healthier, hydrate more often, and practice meditation.

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Nausea

People who experience migraines often suffer from an upset stomach at the same time. “[Eight] out of every 10 people in the U.S. with these headaches say they get nausea along with them,” WebMD explains. “Some folks are more likely to get nausea with a migraine, like women and people who are prone to motion sickness.”

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Neck Pain

Neck pain is usually part of the early stages of a migraine. “Neck pain can include the muscles or nerves in the neck. The neck discomfort can also occur in the bones of the spine or the disks that cushion the areas between the spinal bones,” according to migraine.com. People describe it as a migraine headache that feels as if it is radiating from the neck to the head.

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Sensitivity to Bright Lights and Loud Noises

Bright lights and loud noises are often migraine triggers. However, you should especially avoid them if you are already experiencing a migraine, as they will only make it worse. Tip: Wear a hat or sunglasses to avoid the bright lights. Also, try ear plugs for the loud noises.

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Throbbing Head Pain

If you are experiencing a throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head, it is likely being caused by a migraine.

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Watery Eyes

People who suffer from migraines usually experience watery eyes, itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose. Alone, this could be considered a sinus headache. However, when other symptoms such as nausea, throbbing pain, and sensitivity to lights are involved, it is most likely a migraine.

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Weakness

Migraine attacks may cause individuals to feel weak during and after the migraine. There are two types of weakness, according to migraine.com: localized weakness during a migraine and total body (generalized) weakness. “When weakness is felt only in one area of the body, it is considered localized,” and “a feeling of overall weakness or loss of strength may be felt in a small region of the body, such as a finger or a hand.”

10 Signs and Symptoms That You’re Suffering From a Migraine