Even though it’s experienced by only about 25% of migraineurs, the migraine aura may be the most often-discussed phase of a migraine attack. There are many possible symptoms of migraine aura, with visual being the best known.
Possible symptoms of migraine aura include:
- Hypersensitivity to feel and touch, to the point where what is ‘normal’ is painful
- One-sided paralysis
- One-sided motor weakness
- Prickling, stinging, burning, numbness and/or tingling - usually of the extremities or face
- Hearing sounds that aren’t actually present
- Decrease in or loss of hearing
- Smelling odours that aren’t actually present
- Sensation of whirling or spinning - different to dizziness
- ‘Wavy lines’ - sometimes described as ‘looking like heat rising from the pavement’
- Blurry vision
- Partial, decreased or lost vision. Some people describe scotoma as being like having tiny blank spots in their vision.
- Brief flashes of light that streak across your vision
- Unilateral (one-sided) vision
- Alice in Wonderland syndrome: a rare form of migraine aura in which the distinctive symptom is a type of metamorphosia, a distortion of body image and perspective.
The aura phase will typically be followed by the headache phase.