If you suffer from migraines, then you know how debilitating they can be. Migraines are hereditary and four out of five people, who suffer from migraines, have a family history. Nearly 28 million Americans suffer with migraines. It is important to understand how a migraine develops and how it progresses. Migraines often go through five distinct phases. It is helpful to note that not all people will experience all five phases. Also, each migraine event may be different and not all five phases may occur. If you can learn to recognize these phases and what happens before the onset of a migraine, treatment can come quicker and be much more effective.
The first phase of a migraine is called the prodrome. This is often referred to as the warning stage. This stage can occur a few hours or days before the onset of a migraine. Often times, this can be the most important stage for someone who suffers from migraines. If this stage is recognized, then early treatment may be started and the migraine might not occur. Signals of a migraine in this phase include, mood changes, constipation, fatigue, and muscle tension.
The next phase of a migraine is called the aura. Few sufferers experience this stage, but it can be a frightening stage for those that do experience it. Visual distortions occur that include blind spots, flashing lights, blurred vision, or lose of sight in one eye. The aura usually does not last very long, but it can be a very alarming experience, even if you have been through the stage before.