Migraine symptoms can be severe to the point of being debilitating, according to the
West Hills Hospital neurologist featured in this video. In some cases, patients in the West
Hills area might even seek emergency care because of the severity of their
symptoms. These signs and symptoms can be categorized into four phases
of migraine development: Prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome.
The prodrome period occurs hours and sometimes days before the actual migraine
attack. It is sometimes referred to as the premonitory or pre-headache
phase. Not all migraine patients experience prodrome symptoms, but for
those that do, this phase can be useful for facilitating early migraine
treatment. Prodrome symptoms can include increased thirst and urination,
fatigue, nausea, stiff neck, and sleep disturbances. Other possible signs
include depression, difficulty concentrating, difficulty reading and speaking,
hyperactivity or hypoactivity, and increased sensitivity to light and sound.
Experiencing the migraine aura can be frightening for patients, especially
when the aura is experienced for the first time. The visual symptoms include
partial loss of sight, blurry vision, flashing lights, and wavy lines.
Other signs and
symptoms associated with migraine auras include the following:
- Motor weakness
- Hearing loss
- Olfactory and auditory hallucinations
- Neck pain
- Speaking difficulties
The term “headache phase” can be misleading because the signs
and symptoms can affect the whole body. These include nausea, vomiting,
hot flashes, chills, dizziness, vertigo, severe anxiety, confusion, and
increased sensitivity to light, sound, and odors. The headache pain is
often quite severe and might occur only on one side of the head. It may
awaken patients from sleep, usually in the morning hours.
The postdrome period can last for hours or sometimes days. It can be characterized
by depression or feelings of euphoria and well-being. Fatigue, impaired
concentration, and lowered intellect levels can occur. Many patients report
feeling as though they have a hangover during this time.
World-class neurology services for
migraine patients are available at West Hills Hospital. Our compassionate providers in West
Hills also include emergency care doctors, burn center providers, maternity
doctors and nurses, and cancer care professionals. To inquire about our
hospital services or to request a referral to a physician, call our Consult-A-Nurse
line at (818) 676-4321.