Posted by pinksharkmark (188.8.131.52) on July 15, 2000 at 20:29:17:
In Reply to: painless? Migraine? posted by Si on July 15, 2000 at 19:35:24:
Yes, there is such a thing as a "painless" migraine. It is apparently not all that uncommon, either.
Migraine, like cluster headaches, is a syndrome... that is to say a group of related symptoms. In the case of migraine, the pain is the symptom that gets the most attention.
But, just as it is posssible to have migraine pain without the associated "aura" or nausea, so is it possible to have the aura and/or nausea without the pain.
This is not typical, of course, but not unheard of. My mother, for one, was diagnosed by three different neurologists as having "painless migraines". She was stubborn... didn't seem right to her that she could have migraine without the pain... kept going to neurologist after neurologist, but they finally showed her enough examples in the literature to convince her.
Having said all this, I STRONGLY recommend that you see a competent neurologist as soon as possible to rule out other, potentially more serious causes.
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