​Strange Migraine Symptoms: 50 Symptoms of Migraine Headaches From Head to Toe by Shades For Migraine

​Strange Migraine Symptoms: 50 Symptoms of Migraine Headaches From Head to Toe

Migraine is not “just a headache. A migraine a complex neurological disease that impacts nearly every body system. While head pain and nausea are the most recognized migraine symptoms, people can experience many others.

Migraine and its symptoms can affect your balance, your vision, your hearing, your stomach, the way you think, even the way you feel. Here’s a better look at migraine and some of its lesser known symptoms.

Migraine Symptoms of the Brain

  • Mood changes (i.e. anxiety, irritability).
  • Problems sleeping.
  • "Brain fog" – reduced cognitive function and concentration, short term memory loss, inability to recall words or to multi-task.
  • Difficulty in understanding what people are saying.
  • Frequent yawning.
  • Difficulty with talking.
  • Confusion.

Migraine Symptoms of the Ear

  • Persistent pressure or the feeling of blockage in one or both ears.
  • A feeling of water or something crawling in the ear canal.
  • Sound sensitivity.
  • Hearing a hissing, ringing or other noise that is not actually there (tinnitus).
  • Persistent sense of imbalance.
  • Stabbing pain around and deep in the ear.
  • Discomfort when your ears are exposed to wind or cold (allodynia).
  • Vertigo or dizziness.

Migraine Symptoms of the Eye

  • Light sensitivity.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Visual disturbances – flashing lights, zig-zags, blind spots, colored spots.
  • Persistence or reappearance of an image after you stop looking at the image (palinopsia).
  • Double vision.
  • Temporary, partial loss of vision.
  • Pain behind eyes or in the cheek.

Migraine Symptoms of the Nose

  • Unexplained congestion and/or a runny nose.
  • Smelling odors that aren't actually there (phantosmia).
  • Sensitivity to smells (osmophobia).

Migraine Symptoms of the Mouth

  • Burning tongue or mouth.
  • Tooth or jaw pain.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Dry mouth.

Migraine Symptoms of the Head and Face

  • Burning tongue or mouth.
  • Tooth or jaw pain.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Dry mouth.

Migraine Symptoms of the Whole Body

  • Hypersensitivity to stimuli such as touch, wind, cold, etc. (allodynia).
  • Fatigue.
  • Temperature dysregulation or fever.
  • An unexplained dry persistent cough (neurogenic cough).
  • Muscle stiffness.
  • Neck and/or shoulder pain.
  • Numbness and/or tingling.
  • Sensitivity to motion or motion sickness.
  • Sweating.
  • Food cravings.

Migraine Symptoms of the Abdomen

  • Nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Bloating.
  • Constipation or diarrhea.
  • Belching (burping).
  • Inconsolable crying, tense abdominal muscles, clenched fists and curled legs, often after eating in babies (colic).
  • Abdominal cramps.

Because migraine and its symptoms can affect the body in numerous ways, migraine disease can be disabling. Migraine is the second leading cause of disability worldwide.

Shades for Migraine is a global awareness campaign that is dedicated to raising migraine awareness and encouraging people to speak out about the true impact of migraine. You can participate in the #ShadesForMigraine challenge by posting a picture in sunglasses during the month of June with the #ShadesForMigraine.

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Migraines are awful. I never knew all of this though.
Elisa Schmitz
I have had migraines and they are the worst. Many thanks for sharing all of these insights with us, as I know many people who suffer from migraine!
Melissa Vickers
Interesting. A few years ago I started having weird scalp headaches in just a little strip on one side of my head. Saw a neurologist who did an MRI. Said there were some plaques similar to what you see in the brains of people with MS, but he said these were often seen in folks who get migraines. I used to get traditional migraines when I was younger. He said that a lot of folks who get them will see the kinds of headaches change over time, and that my weird scalp headache was likely a permutation of the migraines I used to get. Thankfully they eventually stopped (and all this was going on during a pretty stressful time). I still get lots of headaches, and who knows whether they are also migraine permutations.
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Migraines are awful. I never knew all of this though.

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