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The Silent Migraine

The silent migraine is a migraine with all its symptoms without the headache. The mistake most people make is to think that a migraine is a headache, yet this is a neurological disease and the headache is just one of the symptoms. It can also be referred to as acephalgic migraine or migraine aura without the headache.

It is usually misdiagnosed as the symptoms mimic other diseases such as transient ischemic attacks, stroke or epilepsy. This kind of migraine is highly dominant as people grow older and more especially in women. Those who suffer from the ordinary migraine are likely to suffer from the silent one as well.

The silent migraine has physical, emotional and aura symptoms and these include:

  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, food cravings, loss of appetite, thirst, increased urination, chills, and fatigue for the physical symptoms.
  • Irritability, confusion, and euphoria for the emotional symptoms.
  • Disrupted vision, hearing, smell and taste, trouble remembering words and unusual sensations in the body for the aura symptoms.


The acephalgic migraine can be set off by a different number of things such as:

  • Food items like chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, nuts, pickles, food containing amino acids, like red wine and old cheese. Skipping meals can also induce a migraine.
  • Stress to the person either emotional or physical say lack of sleep or extremes in weather.
  • For most women, it is the changes in hormones that brings on this kind of migraine. Hormone changes can be due to menstruation, use of birth control pills, pregnancy or menopause.
  • Another factor is anything that disturbs the peace of mind such as loud noise or flickering and really bright lights.


Here are some ways on how to deal with the silent migraine

  • First record the pattern of your symptoms and keep track of when they start and what you are doing at the time. You need this to be able to adequately describe what is going on to your doctor.
  • Talk to a qualified doctor about your symptoms and have them run the necessary tests to rule out any other diseases that maybe ailing you.
  • Having identified what triggers the migraine, try to avoid these things. This way you do not have to take medication but rather prevent the migraine from coming on.
  • And finally take care of yourself. Do not engage in habits that are likely to make your condition worse, and remember that a migraine is not a simple headache so it will come back if you are careless.

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