Symptoms of migraine. Abdul-Jabbar's
sensitivity to light is a standard symptom of the
two most prevalent types of migraine-caused headache:
classic and common.
The major difference between the two types is the
appearance of neurological symptoms 10 to 30 minutes
before a classic migraine attack. These symptoms are
called an aura. The person may see flashing lights
or zigzag lines, or may temporarily lose vision.
Other classic symptoms include speech difficulty,
weakness of an arm or leg, tingling of the face or
hands, and confusion.
The pain of a classic migraine headache may be
described as intense, throbbing, or pounding and is
felt in the forehead, temple, ear, jaw, or around
the eye. Classic migraine starts on one side of the
head but may eventually spread to the other side. An
attack lasts 1 to 2 pain-wracked days.
Common migraine - a term that reflects the
disorder's greater occurrence in the general
population - is not preceded by an aura. But some
people experience a variety of vague symptoms
beforehand, including mental fuzziness, mood
changes, fatigue, and unusual retention of fluids.
During the headache phase of a common migraine, a
person may have diarrhea and increased urination, as
well as nausea and vomiting. Common migraine pain
can last 3 or 4 days.
Both classic and common migraine can strike as
often as several times a week, or as rarely as once
every few years. Both types can occur at any time.
Some people, however, experience migraines at
predictable times - for example, near the days of
menstruation or every Saturday morning after a
stressful week of work.