Migraines are also known as vascular headaches. 17.6% of female, 5.7% of male.
It usually begins in the early morning or during the day with intense, gripping pain on one side of your head that may gradually spread.
The pain begins to throb on one side or over your entire head. It reaches the peak of severity in minutes to an hour or 2 and lasts for hours to 2 days.
The frequency of attacks can range from daily to one in several months. These attacks can be associated with nausea or vomiting.
In 15% of migraine with aura (classic migraine), your headache is preceded by warning symptoms.
About 20 minutes before the headaches, neurologic symptoms often appear, including sparkling flashes of light, dazzling zigzag lines, slowly spreading blind spots, dizziness, or a feeling of numbness on one side of your body.
Less commonly, aura symptoms include a slowly spreading weakness or numbness of your face, a hand, or a leg; a tingling and numbness in your lips; or difficulty with talking or writing.
85% of Migraine without aura has no characteristic warning symptoms.