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Are there different types of Migraine?
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Yes, there are various types, which have typical symptoms:

 

  • Migraine without aura- ‘common migraine’

The most common type consists of a severe throbbing one-sided headache. There may be associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and blurred vision.

 

  • Migraine with aura- also called ‘classical migraine’

Similar to a common Migraine but the headache is accompanied by an aura which occurs up to 60 minutes before the headache.

 

  • Menstrual Migraine

This may occur with or without aura, and is associated with menstruation

 

  • Abdominal Migraine

This usually occurs in children and consists of recurrent abdominal pain in children who may or may not have an associated headache. Commonly, children who have Abdominal Migraine go on to develop migraine in their teenage years.

 

  • Hemiplegic Migraine

This is associated with weakness in the arm and leg on one side of the body. It may look very similar to a stroke- so if it happens for the first time, or the diagnosis is not certain, immediate medical attention should be sought.

 

  • Ocular Migraine

This causes temporary loss of all or part of the vision in one eye with or without the presence of a headache. You should call an ambulance if you get a sudden loss of vision (particularly if it occurs for the first time) as there are various serious conditions that need to be ruled out.

 

  • Basilar Migraine

This is rare-symptoms include headache at the back of the head with associated visual disturbance, dizziness, loss of balance, jerky eye movements, trouble hearing and slurred speech

You should call an ambulance if you get these symptoms as there are various serious conditions that need to be ruled out.

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