Symptoms and triggers

Not your typical headache

Not your typical headache
If you suffer from Chronic Migraine,
you experience 15 or more headache days per month with headache lasting 4 hours or longer. Some of those headaches will be migraine. Migraine is often associated with specific symptoms and triggers.

Migraine signs, symptoms, and triggers

Migraine signs, symptoms,
and triggers
Click on the links below to learn about each.
If these sound familiar, talk to a Neurologist for a better understanding and available treatment options. If you have not seen a Neurologist yet, talk to your GP about obtaining a referral to one who specialises in headache management.
Migraine may be associated with :
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sound
Migraine may also be associated with changes in vision or hearing, called aura. These symptoms come just before or just as the migraine begins. Aura may also include changes in smell. The symptoms of aura develop gradually over 5 to 20 minutes and last less than 1 hour.
Migraine may be aggravated or triggered by specific factors. In a study of 1207 migraine patients, about 3 out of 4 said they have triggers for their migraine attacks. When given a specific list of triggers to consider, almost 95% of the people said that their attacks were brought on by certain circumstances or environmental influences.

Common migraine triggers may include:
  • Physical exertion or activity
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Skipping meals
  • Sleep disturbances and sleeping late
  • Weather changes
  • Perfume or odour
  • Neck pain
  • Lights
  • Alcohol
  • Smoke
  • Heat
  • Food/diet
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Do you suffer 15 or more headache days per month of which at least 8 of these days are with migraine?

If you answered
"Yes," you may have Chronic Migraine.
Did you know?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Bulletin has highlighted the social and economic burden of chronic migraine on sufferers, comparing a day lived with severe migraine to a day lived with dementia or blindness. Migraine is often associated with specific symptoms and triggers.
Time for a Headache Specialist?
If you think you may have Chronic Migraine, find a Headache Specialist today.