Migraine is a complex neurological disease replete with possible symptoms. Each phase of a Migraine attack – prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome – has its own list of potential symptoms.
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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