Migraine Symptom Checklist
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A few hours to a few days
- Mood changes
- Become excitable
- Sensitivity to light and/ or sound
- Unusual smell or taste sensation
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty speaking
- Muscle tension (neck & shoulders)
- Food cravings
- Increased need to urinate
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Visual appearance of geometric patterns
- Wavy lines or dots
- Flashing or shimmering lights
- Blind spots
- Blurry vision
- Temporary vision loss
- Numbness or tingling in arms and face
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes to the way things taste, smell, or feel
- Sharp icepick-like sensation to the head
- Nasal Congestion
- Depressed mood
- Heightened sensitivity to lights, sounds and smells
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Inability to concentrate
- Lack of comprehension
- Depressed mood
- Euphoric mood
For more information about migraines, go to the migraine section on our website.
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