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
• hypersensitivity to feel and touch (allodynia)
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.