Migraine Headaches & Migraine Auras
There are two major categories of migraines, separated in terms of whether an aura occurs:
- Classic type – these are migraines that include auras
- Common type – these are migraines without auras.
Migraine Auras are alerts issued by the physical body that a migraine attack is imminent. Many auras involve changes in the visual field, while other symptoms can include ringing in the ears or other sensory fluctuations.
According to WebMD, 20-30% of those who experience migraines get the classic, aura types of migraines.
Six classic migraine varieties are as follows (keeping in mind that these particular migraine subsets are unusual):
Hemiplegic migraine – Can involve temporary paralysis, numbness, or dizziness on one side of the body, a similar sensation to what's often experienced in a stroke.
Retinal migraine – Means that you lose vision in one eye, partially or fully.
Basilar artery migraine – Migraine headache typically associated with hormone deviations, such as that experienced during menstruation. Can involve lost equilibrium and a sense of incoherence.
Status migrainosus – Primarily characterized by its duration, this type can stick around for over three days. Hospitalization is often necessary.
Ophthalmoplegic migraine – This type paralyzes the ocular muscles. It can also be a warning sign of an aneurysm. Vision fluctuations often accompany it.
The above categorization is not the only way in which migraines can be defined or differentiated. For example, a "transformed migraine" is one which increases in frequency over time.
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