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Types of Migraines

by Jon Platt on December 05, 2017

Types of Migraines


One headache, two types

If you experience migraines, you may be more interested in how to stop the intense pain caused by migraine headaches than in identifying which type of migraine you may have. However, being aware of the two types of migraines — migraines with aura and migraines without aura — will help you be better prepared to seek the right treatment.


Migraines with auras

You may think of “aura” as a new-age term, but when it comes to migraines, there’s nothing ethereal about it. It’s simply a physiological warning sign that occurs in your vision or other senses, alerting you to the onset of a migraine. However, auras can occur during or after migraine pain begins as well. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 15 to 20 percent of those with migraines experience auras.

Warning signs

Migraines with auras — which were formerly called classic migraines — commonly cause you to experience visual disturbances in conjunction with your other migraine symptoms. For example, you might see zig-zagging