Headache

20 July 2004

What are the common symptoms of a migraine?

The most common symptoms of migraine are a debilitating headache, often on one side of the head, nausea, digestive problems, neck or shoulder pain, visual disturbances (blind spots, tunnel vision and the seeing of flashing lights), ringing in ears, olfactory hallucinations, feeling cold, excessive sweating and mood changes. Many migraine sufferers can predict the onset of a migraine by the presence of one or more of these symptoms. Preventative steps can then be taken.

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The most common symptoms of migraine are a debilitating headache, often on one side of the head, nausea, digestive problems, neck or shoulder pain, visual disturbances (blind spots, tunnel vision and the seeing of flashing lights), ringing in ears, olfactory hallucinations, feeling cold, excessive sweating and mood changes.

Many migraine sufferers can predict the onset of a migraine by the presence of one or more of these symptoms. Preventative steps can then be taken.

 

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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter@HeadacheClinic.

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