Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

What is a migraine with aura?

Dr. Richard Kim describes a migraine with aura. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is a migraine with aura?

About 25% of people that have migraine experience what we call an aura. An aura is a reversible neurologic symptom associated with a migraine. Most commonly this is a visual symptom. Some people report flashes of light, dark spots in their vision, wavy or zigzag lines. Other types of aura can include sensory aura, which can include numbness or tingling in part of the body, or even language symptoms like slurred speech or trouble getting words out. Auras usually develop slowly and last between five and sixty minutes and typically they occur before the headache starts.

   

About 25 percent of people who have migraines experience what we call an aura. An aura is a reversible neurologic symptom associated with a migraine headache. Usually, this is a visual symptom. Some people report flashes of light, dark spots in their vision, or wavy or zigzag lines. Other types of aura can include sensory aura, which can be numbness or tingling in a part of the body, or even language symptoms like slurred speech or trouble getting words out. Auras usually develop slowly and last between five and 60 minutes. Typically they occur before the headache starts.

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Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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