What are the signs and symptoms of migraine headache?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Answer

Typical symptoms of migraine include the following:

  • Throbbing or pulsatile headache, with moderate to severe pain that intensifies with movement or physical activity

  • Unilateral and localized pain in the frontotemporal and ocular area, but the pain may be felt anywhere around the head or neck

  • Pain builds up over a period of 1–2 hours, progressing posteriorly and becoming diffuse

  • Headache lasts 4–72 hours

  • Nausea (80%) and vomiting (50%), including anorexia and food intolerance, and light-headedness

  • Sensitivity to light and sound


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