Medical information for patients


Migraine is a form of headache which is severe and usually one sided, frequently associated with nausea and vomiting. This is sometimes preceded by warning symptoms which usually affect the eyesight and are known as an "aura".


People sometimes feel not quite right prior to a migraine, for example depressed, unusually happy or hungry, and in addition may suffer from visual changes such as flashing, zigzag lines, or a blind spot. Sometimes the symptoms are even more extreme. The headache is usually one sided although it is not invariably the same side. Quite quickly nausea and vomiting may follow. The bowels may also be affected and in children sometimes there is no headache but abdominal pain instead.


Each person is different but there are some "trigger" factors that are commonly involved:

Treatment and prevention

Further information


"Daily Telegraph" Migraine, by Valerie South
Step by step guide for patients, published by the Daily Telegraph and recommended by Dr James Le Fanu.
Understanding Migraine & Other Headaches, by Dr Anne MacGregor
Information for patients, published by the British Medical Association.
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