These Signs Say You're Having A Migraine Headache
Fun Fact: Did you know? Migraine headache symptoms may sometimes begin one to two days before the headache itself begins.
What Triggers Migraine Headache Symptoms?
Migraine headaches are a symptom of an overall condition known as migraine. Doctors don’t know the exact cause of migraine headaches. But they seem to be related to changes in the brain and to genes that run in families. You can even inherit the triggers that give you migraine headaches, like fatigue, bright lights, weather changes, and others.
Some people with a migraine experience aura. The most common auras are visual, such as flickering lights, spots, or lines. You may see a little jagged line, that will develop some cross hatches, and it might sort of move in a curved direction.
Auras typically last between five minutes and an hour, with a 60-minute "skip phase" before the headache sets in. Some patients have auras without a migraine-type headache or any headache at all.
Depression, irritability, or excitement
Mood swings can be a sign of migraines. Some patients will feel very depressed or suddenly down for no reason. Others will feel very high. Research also suggests that moderate or severe depression increases the risk of episodic migraines becoming chronic.
Lack of restful sleep
Waking up tired or having trouble falling asleep are common migraine headache symptoms. Studies have shown an association between lack of restorative sleep and the frequency and intensity of migraines.
When migraines strike, it's tough to get a good night's sleep. A lot of people will have insomnia as a result of their migraine. This inability to sleep can be the start of a vicious cycle, as research suggests that lack of sleep can also trigger migraines.