Written by Karah Frizzell

Ask Dr. Armstrong: Are there different types of migraines?

Yes, there are several types of migraines. The most common are:

  • Migraine without Aura (Common Migraine): Characterized by moderate to severe headache pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Migraine with Aura (Classic Migraine): Preceded by visual or sensory disturbances like flashing lights or tingling.
  • Chronic Migraine: Migraines that occur on 15 or more days per month for at least three months.
  • Hemiplegic Migraine: Accompanied by temporary paralysis or sensory changes on one side of the body before or during the headache.
  • Vestibular Migraine: Associated with dizziness and problems with balance.
  • Retinal Migraine: Leads to temporary, partial, or complete loss of vision in one eye, along with a dull ache behind the eye that may spread to the rest of the head.