Understanding the Symptoms of Silent migraines

Have you ever heard of silent migraines before? If not, you are not alone. Many people don’t even know that there is such a disorder as silent migraines. Let’s take a closer look at silent migraines and what they are.

Silent migraine is a mysterious disorder. People with migraines usually have some type of pain involved in their headache symptoms. Not so, with silent migraines. simply defined silent migraines have no pains associated with it.

In order to better understand silent migraines, you should know the 4 descriptive stages of regular migraines.

  1. Prodrome. The prodrome stage lets you know that a migraine is on it’s way. Signs of this can involve alterations in mental state including agitation, and can also include physical symptoms including constant bowel movements and craving for liquid. One fourth of every migraine has symptoms of prodrome even 24 hours before the migraine.
  2. Aura. The abnormality renown as aura is usually noticed for it’s abnormal eye symptoms. Other disorders such as language can also be present. One fifth of all people that experience migraines also experience aura. Usually aura will be present for about 60 minutes.
  3. Pain. Migraine pain is usually in one half of the head. Migraine pain is also throbbing pain. This occurs with sickness in the stomach and regurgitating. Also, a lot of sensitivity to sound and luminescence can occur and last from a couple of hours to 3 days.
  4. Resolution. After a migraine occurs sufferers often describe feeling very fatigued or overtaken by malaise for up to a day.

Now that you have a better understanding of the normal migraine, here are some of the physiological symptoms of silent migraines:

  • Nausea.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Cravings for food.
  • Appetite loss.
  • Thirst
  • Frequent urination.
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

There are psychological symptoms associated with silent migraines and these include:

  • Being confused.
  • Irritability.
  • Feelings of euphoria.

Again, much like a normal migraine, there are symptoms associated with the aura stage of migraines in those with silent migraines. Some symptoms are:

  • Tunnel vision.
  • Hearing problems including auditory hallucinations hearing loss.
  • Vision problems such as wavy lights, blind spots or dots.

As you can see, silent migraines have some things in common with normal migraines, but also many differences. An experienced neurologist will be required to make an accurate diagnosis of silent migraine versus the common migraine.



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