Migraine aura is the term used to describe the various sensory symptoms that people experience before the head pain phase of a migraine attack. Aura affects approximately 20-40% of migraine sufferers, but does not necessarily need to be present for head pain to be classified as a migraine. It can last anywhere between 5 to 60 minutes and symptoms may vary for the individual and even between attacks.
About 90% of those who suffer from aura will experience visual disturbances, making it the most common symptom. Visual aura is often described as:
Although it is more rare, aura can also affect your other senses as well as speech and motor function. These symptoms can include:
Migraine aura can be quite frightening, especially on the first occasion. However, the symptoms are short lasting and do not cause any permanent damage.
Our aim at MH&MG is to identify any possible triggers or causes of your migraines in an attempt to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of attacks and therefore any aura you may be experiencing.