14. SINUS PAIN AND PRESSURE

Sometimes, people think they have a sinus infection but that sinus pain, pressure, and tenderness is really just Migraine in disguise. See our checklist to learn how to tell the difference.

15. EARACHE

Occasionally, the pain is localized to your ear. You may feel a throbbing, pulsing pain in the ear or just an uncomfortable sensation of fullness and pressure in one of your ears.

Sinus Headache vs. Migraine Symptom Chart

16. HEADACHE

Last but not least, yes, Migraine attacks often present with those terrible headaches (but not always). Typically a pulsating pain of moderate to severe intensity confined to one side of the head, although in a third of attacks both sides are affected. In Migraine with brainstem aura, previously refered to as Basilar-type Migraine, the pain is felt on both sides at the back of the head.

MOTOR SYSTEM AND MOVEMENT

17. MUSCULAR FATIGUE AND WEAKNESS

Some people with Migraine report feeling unbelievably fatigued or worn out, even during the pre- and post- Migraine stages. A drop in a brain chemical called dopamine may be the reason why exhaustion and fatigue is a common symptom of Migraine. It can even last after the worst of the head pain is over, into the “Migraine hangover” stage.

18. TEMPORARY PARALYSIS

A rare form, Hemiplegic Migraine, can cause muscle weakness and temporary paralysis on one side of the body. It looks like a stroke but the paralysis is temporary, lasting from a few hours to a few day.

GASTROINTESTINAL  SYSTEM

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Migraine can wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system causing some major tummy troubles. During all four phases of a Migraine attack, the digestive system slows down significantly, and the stomach takes its time to pass its contents into the intestines. Delayed stomach emptying, known as gastric stasis, leads to a number of unpleasant symptoms.

19. NAUSEA

Nausea is a common complaint associated with Migraine. If you are feeling queasy, you’re not alone. Studies indicate that between 60 and 95% of people with Migraine experience nausea. The undigested food hanging around in your stomach during gastric stasis causes those nauseous feelings.

20. VOMITING

Vomiting may also result from Migraine nausea. Approximately 50-60% of people with Migraine experience vomiting. Children may suffer from Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, a Migraine precursor that involves recurrent episodes of intense and inexplicable nausea and vomiting.

21. CONSTIPATION

When the digestive system slows down, sometimes the intestines are affected too, leading to a backup in your plumbing better known as constipation.

22. DIARRHEA

Or oddly, you may experience the inverse, and your bowels evacuate rather suddenly and frequently, resulting in diarrhea. Diarrhea is characterized by three or more loose stools within a 24-hour period and often comes with stomach pain or abdominal cramping.

23. ABDOMINAL PAIN

The nausea, vomiting, and tummy troubles commonly associated with Migraine are different from Abdominal Migraine. Abdominal Migraine typically presents in children, with abdominal pain near the midline or around the navel. The pain is a dull or sore ache of moderate to severe intensity and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and a pale pallor. It can appear with or without head pain.

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Have you been avoiding chocolate out of fear of triggering a migraine? Research shows it may not be a trigger after all. Image: Unsplash

24. EXTREME CRAVINGS

All this talk of nausea, pain, and vomiting. How could anyone possibly be hungry if they are living with Migraine? But Migraine works in mysterious ways and sometimes, you can develop strong cravings for foods that are often labeled Migraine triggers. Do you need chocolate, sugar, carbs or salty snacks right this minute? Your body may be signaling that a Migraine attack is on the way.

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