Migraine Term of the Day: Prodrome

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Writer's note: Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," on a regular basis. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment below.

When we're given migraine and headache information, whether from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. While it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term, there are times when substituting doesn't quite convey the same meaning.

Prodrome is one of those terms. The** prodrome** is the first of four potential phases of a Migraine attack. It's sometimes called the premonitory phase. Potential symptoms of** prodrome** include:

  • food cravings
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • mood changes: depression, irritability, etc.
  • muscle stiffness, especially in the neck
  • fatigue
  • increased frequency of urinication
  • yawning

You can read more about prodrome in _Anatomy of a Migraine _.

For more terms, see our Migraine Medical Terms Glossary Index.