Migraines Health Center

Migraines usually start in childhood and may either get better or worse with age.

There are two generally recognized types of migraine headaches. The first one is the classical migraine headache and the other is the common. The common migraine headache, as its name suggests, is more common than the classical one.

A classical migraine headache typically starts with some visual disturbances. The patient sees spots, dots, or even zigzag lines. These disturbances are called auras. An aura is usually followed by a severe headache, usually on one side of the head only. A migraine headache is generally made worse by noise, light, and activity.

Migraine headaches may range in length from half an hour to several hours or even several days. Nausea and vomiting may accompany a migraine headache.

Classical migraines may include short-lived but extreme neurological effects. They can cause the patient to be paralyzed on one side of the body for a few minutes or longer.

Review Date: 
April 17, 2012
Last Updated:
July 2, 2013