Stage 3: The Headache
- Mild to severe in pain intensity
- Usually one-sided pain
- Pulsating or throbbing pain
- Made worse by physical activity
- Lasts typically from 4 hours to 3 days
- It can include nausea or vomiting
- Neck pain
- Osmophobia: sensitivity to odors
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Nasal congestion, runny nose, sinus pain
- Eye pain, teeth pain, jaw pain
We are all aware of the headache stage of the attack. Many people think it is the only stage which is why we need to raise awareness of the neurological processes to the disease.
It lasts anywhere from 4 hours to 72 hours. Yeah. It can, in fact, last that long. And it certainly does. When it lasts longer it is different, called a status migraine which is important due to the risks associated with it. That is something a person needs to go to the ER for.
It is mild to severe in intensity. Not every migraine has the same intensity. It can vary.
It is pulsating and throbbing. Definitely made worse by movement.
Generally, migraines are diagnosed as one-sided pain. But they can, in fact, be bilateral from the get-go. They can become bilateral into the attack. They can also switch sides during an attack.
It is not necessary to a migraine attack. Silent migraines have no headache stage.
In this stage is the migraine symptoms that are most familiar to someone who does not suffer from a migraine. Such as the sensitivity factor: To Sound. To Light. To Odours.
Not to mention jaw pain, facial pain, vertigo and dizziness and more.
The pain is hard to describe in its intensity. It is hard to think through pain. Hard to want to move pain. Constantly distracting pain. With your senses, all heightened making your environment quite unpleasant and aggravating. You want to retreat from your environment to somewhere dark, cool, and lie down. Although that is not always possible.