Often, a person can feel a migraine starting the day before or hours before. Over half of people, report being more sensitive to noises, smells, or light before the migraine kicks in. Sometimes, people tell us they have a feeling of being grumpy or anxious before a migraine. Sometimes, due to the stomach being upset, a person also feels they can’t eat or drink. Many times, people report feeling tired as well.
With a migraine, there can be a feeling or nervous system response called an aura. If you have ever felt like you are out of your body, blind spots, tingling or numbness in one side of your body, a heavy feeling in your body heightened sense of smell or light, this could be a way your body is feeling during an aura.
The intense feeling of a migraine can feel like throbbing that gets worse as you try to do things. The pain cannot be ignored. Often, the pain is in a small area of the person’s head or upper neck muscles. Sometimes, it is the entire head. It is reported, more than ¾ of people with a migraine get nausea and about half vomit. There is no magic number how long the migraines last, they may last a few hours, minutes, or even days.
Once the migraine is gone, it may leave you feeling exhausted, worn out, and experiencing difficulty with concentration. It can trigger tiredness and weakness. The stomach may feel hungry, but you may still have a cautious feeling or upset stomach regarding eating or drinking too much after the migraine has left.