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Q: What age do migraines occur?

I had my first aura without headache in my early twenties. Now 20 years later after haveing them off and on I had 3 episodes of aura's in one morning and then excruciating eye and temple pain for 4 hours. Is it possible to graduate to this because I was told people start getting migraines as children or teens not in their forties?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
5/ 1/09 8:42pm

Hi educator,


Migraine is a genetic neurologic disease thought to be caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics. It can begin in childhood, or not start until later in life. There really is no set "age" when they start.


It is possible to have a Migraine attack and just have experience the aura phase of an attack. This is what may have happened in your twenties. There are actually four phases in a Migraine attack, but not everyone gets each phase during an attack. For example, I've never had an aura during a Migraine attack. And Migraine patterns can change over time and when they do it is important to dicuss them with your doctor. You may want to continue readint this article for more information:  Anatomy of a Migraine.


Good luck



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