Have you ever heard about Silent Migraines?

How migraines without headache pain can wreak havoc on your health

Did you know you could have what’s called a ‘silent migraine‘ without actually having a headache?  Surprisingly, migraines can occur without the classic pulsing head pain. In fact, about 3 to 5% of people with chronic migraines experience such headache-free migraines, known as “silent migraines.” But how can you know when you’re having one if you’re not in pain?

Silent Migraine Sufferers’ Profile

Silent migraines occur in older adults who have previously suffered full migraine symptoms, headache and all.

In other cases, adults over age 40 develop these headache-less migraines out of the blue. Here are six names associated with silent migraines:

  • Acephalgic migraine: Acephalgic is the Latin word for “without head pain”
  • Isolated visual migraine
  • Late-onset migraine accompaniment: Occurs when the condition first strikes someone over the age of 40
  • Migraine dissocié: The French name for a migraine that is dissociated from (that is, not related to) headache
  • Migraine equivalent or migraine variant
  • Typical aura without headache


To understand if you’re having silent migraines, it helps to know a bit about migraines in general and their four phases of a migraine. Actual migraines come in various types and may not include all four phases.

What is a Silent Migraine?

So what sets a silent migraine apart? You’ll know if you’re having a silent migraine if you experience everything that comes with a migraine, except the actual headache.

 Though silent migraines frequently include a prodrome or postdrome, they do not involve the phase that, for most individuals, defines a migraine — the nauseating, throbbing, one-sided head pain.

Visual Changes and Silent Migraines

A silent migraine commonly consists of visual changes that are typical of the aura phase.

Some literary experts contend that the author Lewis Carroll may have been a migraine sufferer who experienced a crazy, distorted world courtesy of the visual disturbances of the migraine aura, which may account for the fantastic morphing of reality described in his book Alice in Wonderland.

How Long do Silent Migraines Last?

Source and remainder of article @ https://www.verywell.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-silent-migraines-3572845

Updated May 30, 2017
***I’m confused about this entire article on the ‘silent migraines’,  either you have a migraine or you don’t have a migraine.  Perhaps people who may have experienced these can explain?  Deb

6 thoughts on “Have you ever heard about Silent Migraines?

  1. updownflight says:

    Yes, I have had “silent migraines”. I was very confused by them and thought they were some strange quirk offset of my mental illness. I have had regular migraines, but the silent migraines had no pain. I described them to my psychiatrist and he diagnosed them. They started and were experienced by me, as follows:

    Extreme light would be shining, especially flickering lights almost like what they shine at you to induce seizures. Then I’d almost get an anxiety attack it would be so distressing. I’d rush home and the only relief was to close all of the curtains and turn off all of the lights and sit in the dark for several minutes. Then the uncomfortable feeling would pass. Sometimes I even had visual and auditory distortions. That only made the whole experience worse.

    I’ve only had maybe four or five of these total. The worst was when I was on vacation in Chicago out in the bright sun. My husband had to quickly call a taxi and rush me to the hotel. Again, the curtains had to be closed and the lights off for a while.

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    • cherished79 says:

      Thank you for explaining this to me, it just sounded very confusing as a new named type of migraine other than the commonly known ones. I’m sorry you had to experience one on your vacation. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. 🙂

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