Migraine Term of the Day: Prodrome

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.

    Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.

    Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

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    Today's term: Prodrome.

    The prodrome is the first of four potential phases of a Migraine attack. It's sometimes called the premonitory phase. Potential symptoms of prodrome include:

    •  food cravings

    •  constipation or diarrhea

    •  mood changes — depression, irritability, etc.

    •  muscle stiffness, especially in the neck

    •  fatigue

    •  increased frequency of urination

    •  yawning

    You can read more about prodrome in Anatomy of a Migraine.

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    Last updated November 4, 2009
Published On: November 04, 2009