Migraines are characterized by severe head pain often accompanied by other symptoms, which can be disabling in nature. The migraine symptoms clude but are not limited to: nausea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines often tend to run in families, and recent research has identified certain genetic components. Migraines can affect people of all ages and often go undiagnosed in young children.
The duration of a migraine attack can vary, however most migraine attacks will last at least four hours. If you are experiencing symptoms for more than three days, you should seek help from your physician or visit the Emergency Room.
Migraine attacks typically go through four phases, although it is possible to have attacks which skip one or more phases. In fact, it is even possible to have a migraine attack without the “headache” phase. This type of migraine is referred to as acephalgic migraine also known as silent migraine.