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Types of Migraines

Although, there are many types of migraines, all of them share the same basic features. Not to mention that each person will suffer a headache in a unique way. Migraines often start as a dull ache and then later develop into a constant pounding pain that you may feel at the pressure points along the head, such as the temples and the front and back of the head on one particular side. The main side affects of a headache are nausea and vomiting and you may experience sensitivity to the lights and noise.

Different Types of Migraines

There are two different types of headaches that are the most prevalent, the migraine with aura often known as the classic migraine or a migraine without aura often referred to as common migraine.

Migraine without Aura

A migraine is a vascular headache which in turn means that the headache is associated with changes in the size of the arteries inside and around the skull.

The pre headache phase begins when the blood vessels constrict. The blood vessels are believed to become inflamed and swollen. Migraine pain is known to come from inflammation as well as the pressure on the blood vessels by swollen walls.

The common migraine sufferer has around two to four headaches a month. However some people may have them on a daily basis others have them on a yearly basis. It really only depends on who you are.

Migraine with Aura

Most migraine sufferers experience visual problems during the headache. Others migraine headaches begins with an aura which is a manifestation of neurological symptoms. Aura normally begins five to thirty minutes before you get the actual headache.

If you notice the following problems with your vision you may be experiencing migraines with Aura.

  • Wavy or jagged lines
  • Dots or flashing lights
  • Tunnel vision or blind spots

Hemiplegic Migraine

This is a rare but severe type of migraine with aura so if you get it you may have gotten it from someone in your family.

This type of migraine begins with temporary motor paralysis or sensory disturbances on one side of the body. The pains may start with numbness or a pins and needles sensation.

Ophthalmologic Migraine

An ophthalmologic migraine is rare and severe headache, it usually surrounds the eyeballs. If you experience this type of migraine you may want to seek medical attention.

Retinal Migraine

As a result of a retinal migraine you may experience temporary, partial, or complete loss of vision in one eye. The pain from this headache starts as a dull ache behind the eyes that may spread to the rest of the head area.

Basilar Artery Migraine

This is a very rare form of a migraine and is accompanied by dizziness confusion or lack of balance.

I know that having migraines can be hard; however you have to seek attention from your doctor so that you can find a way to overcome the migraines that you may be having. Your family doctor will be able to tell you if he can help you, if he can’t help you his self he or she will recommend you to someone that knows more about migraines.

Before I go I am going to leave you with some information that you should keep in your mind.

Remember that migraines are commonly known to start in your younger years such as early childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.

The classic migraines comes with warning signs, however common migraines can come without warning.

There are two risks of developing migraines: The first one is if you are a female and both your parents having suffered from migraines and the other is if you are a female and you are young.

Also remember that migraines are not contagious and they may last a couple hours or a couple days depending on your situation, you have to remember that everyone is different.

Women are more prone to headaches then men are due to Mother Nature and other factors that we have and they don’t. Migraines tend to hit both boys and girls through their childhood but occur more often in girls than boys after puberty.

I hope that all the information that I have given you will help you along the way to discovering what type of migraine you may be having.

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VISITOR COMMENTS on "Migraine Type":

Nat said,
11th December 06
Hi I have been diagnosed with vestibular migraine- not mentioned here, but when I get it I have it for weeks, or months on end with vertigo bad enough to make me fall.Is there anyone else out there with this who has found an effective way of managing it?Please? In desperation.....

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