MIGRAINE TYPES

August 1st, 2013

Many people assume that there is just one single type of migraine
headache. There are actually many different types of migraines. The 2 most
common ones are the classic migraine and the common migraine.

These are also referred to as migraine with aura (classic) and migraine
without aura (common).

The aura associated with classic migraines are visual hallucinations
such as jagged lines or being partially blinded in one or both eyes,
disruptions in sight, smell or touch or even speech.  Aura actually serves as an early warning sign and I have found that for some people taking 200-400 mg of Ibuprofen at this stage can prevent the migraine from progressing.

Menstrual Migraines – 50% or more of women report that attacks coincide
with various points of their menstrual cycle and are referred to as “menstrual-related
migraines (MRM). These attacks usually occur a few days before or after
menstruation.

RARER FORMS OF MIGRAINE:

Exertion Migraine – This is usually a short-lived migraine brought about by
physical exercise and may be worsened by dehydration.

Retinal Migraine – This involves a temporary loss of vision in one eye.

Hemiplegic Migraine – In this version of migraine, a temporary paralysis
on side of the body occurs.

Nocturnal Migraine – These rare migraines occur during sleep and actually
awaken the sufferer.

Basilar Artery Migraine – Usually occurs in adolescent women. A throbbing
at the back of the head which can lead to dizziness and difficulty speaking
occurs in this migraine form.

Abdominal Migraine – Here there is no headache at all. The pain that does
occur happens, usually, in the stomach. The pain usually causes nausea and
vomiting and is most often seen in young children.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S

Types of Migraines