It may surprise you to learn that excessive yawning can be a Migraine aura symptom. It’s thought that yawning involves several neurotransmitters, including dopamine. The fact that yawning can be an aura symptom, may even have given researchers additional insight into Migraine and Migraine triggers. In a 2015 study in Headache, Farooq et. al. wrote:
“Because yawning is one of the most predictive premonitory symptoms, it is likely that dopamine plays an important role in the early stages of Migraine. Because commonly reported triggers in Migraine involve a change in routine, challenging homeostasis, the hypothalamus is a likely source of dopamine released in the early stages of Migraine.”
Being aware of our bodies so we can recognize aura symptoms is important. Although many people only think of visual symptoms as aura, there are other symptoms that can occur during the aura phase. Recognizing them allows us to be prepared for a Migraine to strike, and, in some cases, treat early in the attack.
Source: Farooq H, Maniyar MD, Sprenger T, et. al. The Premonitory Phase of Migraine – What Can We Learn From It? *Headache *2015;55:609-620.
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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+.