Migraine Term of the Day: Postdrome

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 postdrome is the fourth of four potential phases of a Migraine attack. The majority of Migraineurs take hours to fully recover; some take days. Many people describe postdrome as feeling “like a zombie” or “hung-over.” These feelings are often attributed to medications taken to treat the Migraine, but may well be caused by the Migraine itself. Postdrome symptoms may continue for up to 24 hours after the end of the headache stage. In cases where prodrome and/or aura are experienced without the headache phase, the postdrome may still occur. The symptoms of prodrome may include:

    •  lowered mood levels, especially depression
    •  or feelings of well-being and euphoria
    •  fatigue
    •  poor concentration and comprehension
    •  lowered intellect levels

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


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    Last updated November 1, 2009
Published On: November 05, 2009