Symptoms Before a Migraine

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Topic Overview

You may develop subtle symptoms before a migraine headache begins. They may occur before migraines with or without visual and nervous system symptoms ( aura ).

These symptoms usually develop 24 to 48 hours before the headache starts and may include:

  • Hunger, thirst, food cravings, or loss of appetite.
  • Mood changes (depression, euphoria or feeling of well-being, or irritability).
  • Changes in energy level (restlessness, sleepiness, excessive energy, nervousness, or calmness).
  • Change in consciousness (drowsiness or hyperalertness).

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ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015