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The intense, throbbing pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and occasional nausea and vomiting are the most common signs of a migraine. However, for someone such as a teenager going through his or her first experience, these painful migraines are often not so easily pinpointed. The reason, is because early symptoms can occur as long as 24 hours before any head pain, leaving a person who is suffering from a migraine confused and thinking that something is wrong. Fortunately, while they are disturbing, migraines are not dangerous. To help calm any future fears for first time migraine sufferers, here are some of the most common migraine warning signs to be aware of:

  • The Prodrome Stage:This is the first stage of a migraine. It can start anywhere from 12 to 24 hours before you notice any head pain. Symptoms related to this stage include:
    • Constipation or diarrhea
    • Irritability, confusion, restlessness or difficulty concentrating
    • Food cravings
    • Muscle stiffness
    • Uncontrollable yawning
    • Increased urination
    • Fatigue
    • Depression or Euphoria
    • Aura:The second stage, occurs right before the pain starts or at the beginning of the headache, can consist of a host of sensory signs. Symptoms can be different from person to person and can include visual and physical symptoms such as:
      • Spots or flashes of light
      • Vision loss
      • Speech problems
      • Shimmering spots
      • Numbness or tingling, especially in the arms, legs or face
      • Crux of the Headache: In stage three, intense throbbing pain will occur. Some people may experience sensitivity to light, sounds or even smells. The pain can, unfortunately, last up to 72 hours before the final stage, postdrome. This is where the pain finally subsides.



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