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
- increased frequency of urinication
You can read more about prodrome in _Anatomy of a Migraine _.
For more terms, see our Migraine Medical Terms Glossary Index.
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+.