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.
Visual Changes and Silent Migraines
A silent migraine commonly consists of visual changes that are typical of the aura phase.
How Long do Silent Migraines Last?
Source and remainder of article @ https://www.verywell.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-silent-migraines-3572845