Migraine Headache

What Are Painless Migraine Episodes?

Many people think migraine is a sever pain, but an episode of migraine is more than pain. There are basically four stages of migraines. These are pre-headache, aura, headache, and post-headache. Millions of people, across the globe, are suffering with these 4-stage migraines. But, there are also others who experience painless episodes. Then, what are painless migraine episodes?

But, technically speaking, there is no such thing like a painless migraine. If you go through the International Headache Society's (I HS) guidelines for the classification of headache disorders. The physician may tell you have painless migraine. They may call it as painless optical migraine.

What are painless migraine episodes?
It is a migraine episode that begins with the typical pre-headache stage, progresses to the aura phase of a migraine attack, and then stops the short. It skips to the headache phase – the pain.
You may have the visual symptoms of the aura if you have a painless migraine and other symptoms of a migraine without the headache. Such type of migraine is usually known as migraine with aura. The IHS guidelines would describes it as 'acephalgic'- means 'without headache'.

Phase -1: pre-headache
 Sometimes, pre-headache phase is referred as the prodrome. From this place, the painless migraine begins. You may enter the stage hours or even days before what would normally be recognized as migraine episode.

It is very helpful to you that you have recognized the prodrome, as it is a warning which conforms migraine changes are beginning to take place. Okay, how can you know? You may be facing these symptoms. Constipation, diarrhea, depression, fatigue, food cravings, frequent urination, irritability, and neck muscle stiffness. 

Phase -2: Aura
As the painless migraine progresses, you are entering the phase- 2, the aura. Although this phase lasts less than an hour, it can be terrifying.
Many people believe people think of aura as being only visual, zigzag lines, spots in front of eyes, or flashing lights. They also believe it only affects the eyes. It is also explained by the physician as “painless, optical migraine”.

Although these are the symptoms of aura symptoms, the aura phase has many symptoms. These may be: Auditory hallucinations – you hear those sounds which are not at all. Confusion in thinking – unable to make any sense. Decrease in hearing ability. Decrease in hearing ability. Dizziness. Increased feel and touch – or reduced feel and touch. Olfactory hallucinations - smelling odors, means you smell odors that are not there. Partial paralysis. Loss of sight, it may be partially or blurry vision. Tingling or numbness of the face. Visual hallucinations - you see sights that aren’t there: flashing bright lights, wavy lines, spots, or zigzag lines.

If you are facing a painless migraine, your episode stops here. There are different terms used for painless migraine such as “migraine equivalent”, “ silent migraine”, and “sans-migraine”. If you know you have a painless migraine, consult a physician to be sure about it. Otherwise, there may arise any serious condition.

In some cases, painless migraine episodes can be prevented, while others can be treated effectively.