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11 Signs You’re Having a Migraine


Some people with a migraine experience aura. The most common auras are visual, such as flickering lights, spots, or lines.  Auras typically last between five minutes and an hour.

Depression, irritability, or excitement

Mood changes can be a sign of migraines. Some migraine patients will feel very depressed or suddenly down for no reason, while others will feel very high. Moderate or severe depression increases the risk of episodic migraines becoming chronic.

Lack of restful sleep

Waking up tired or having trouble falling asleep are common problems in people with migraines. Studies have shown an association between lack of restorative sleep and the frequency and intensity of migraines. When migraines strike, it’s tough to get a good night’s sleep. A lot of people will have insomnia as a result of their migraine.

Stuffy nose or watery eyes

Some people with migraines have sinus symptoms, such as stuffy nose, clear nasal drainage, droopy eyelids, or tearing.


Before a migraine attack occurs, some people crave certain foods. Chocolate is a very common craving.

Throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head

Pulsating pain is a classic sign of migraines. The throbbing is often felt on one side of the head.

Eye pain

Migraine pain often burrows behind the eye.

Frequent urination

If you have to go a lot, it can mean a migraine is coming.


Yawning a lot is another tip-off that a migraine is about to strike.

Nausea or vomiting

73% of migraine patients experience nausea and 29% have vomiting.

Vertigo or double vision

Migraine can cause dizziness, double vision, or even loss of vision. Some people with migraines may experience balance problems too.