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An Overview of Persistent Migraine Aura Without Infarction

There are a number of rare complications of migraines, and persistent migraine aura without infarction (PMA) is one of them. In a persistent aura without infarction, your aura doesn’t go away, even after the onset of the migraine headache. The most important feature of persistent migraine aura without infarction is the migraine aura itself. An…

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An Overview of Status Migrainosus

Status migrainosus (sometimes called intractable migraines) affect less than 1 percent of people with migraines. What differentiates them from other migraines is that they last for 72 hours or longer, are often resistant to typical migraine medications, and have symptoms that are especially debilitating. Symptoms The symptoms of status migrainosus are similar to those of…

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Understanding Migraines in Children

Few things can shake a parent up more than when their child is in pain. If you’re a migraine sufferer with a child that is complaining of a headache, it can be even more unsettling because you know firsthand how bad that pain can be. Do Children Get Migraines? Yes, headaches and migraines remain one…

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Migraine Seizures and Migralepsy

A migraine-triggered seizure is a rare complication of migraine with aura. Also described as a migraine-aura triggered seizure or migralepsy, this type of event is different from a seizure-induced headache or migraine because the it’s the migraine that causes the seizure, not the other way around. It can be difficult to recognize these complex events, and…

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An Overview of Migraine Without Aura

Migraine without aura is one of two major types of migraines, and 75 percent of those who have the condition experience this particular kind. Also known as “common” migraine, people who have migraine without aura don’t get the visual or sensory warning signs, known as migraine prodrome, that are classic to the other type—migraine with…

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The Different Types of Migraines

A migraine is not just a really bad headache, as some people believe. Instead, it is an illness with a constellation of neurological symptoms that may include really bad headaches. There are several types of migraines, and many share some of the same symptoms, which typically include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to touch, smells, and…

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An Overview of Visual Snow Syndrome

Visual snow syndrome is a unique disorder in which you have a persistent visual disturbance, usually that of continuous, flickering, tiny dots, “snow,” or “static” in your entire field of vision (similar to what you might see if watching an old television). These dots are typically black and white, but they can be flashing, colored,…

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An Overview of Migraine With Brainstem Aura (Basilar-Type Migraine)

Migraine with brainstem aura, or MBA (formerly known as basilar migraine or basilar-type migraine) is a subtype of migraine with aura characterized by pain in the back of the head on both sides. It can be excruciatingly painful and frightening, as many of the symptoms it causes, such as loss of balance and slurred speech,…

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An Overview of Chronic Migraine

Chronic migraine is diagnosed when someone experiences at least 15 migraine attacks per month for at least three months. This disorder is sometimes known as transformed migraine because the migraines are episodic at first. Over time, the attacks “transform” and become more frequent—in some cases almost daily. Most people with chronic migraine are women, and…

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The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) Test

The Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire can be used to evaluate the extent to which your migraines interfere with your ability to carry out your responsibilities and function in daily life. It is composed of five questions which are scored to convert to a MIDAS disability grade, and two additional questions that focus on the…

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