by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

The aura is the second potential phase of a Migraine with aura attack (previously called Classic Migraine). May present with varying symptoms including:

•  visual aura in which the patient sees flashing lights or zigzag lines, or may temporarily lose vision.

•  auditory aura in which the patient hears unusual sounds

•  olfactory aura in which the patient smells odors that aren't actually present

•  tingling or numbness of the face or extremities on the side where the headache develops

•  confusion

•  dizziness

•  hypersensitivity to feel and touch (allodynia)

•  aphasia

•  others

You can read more about aura in Anatomy of a Migraine and Migraine with Aura - The Basics.


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© Teri Robert, 2009. Last updated August 3, 2009.

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