Migraine’s early warning system


This is not a drill.

Migraine will commence within 24 hours.

You are urged to take shelter and make preparations immediately.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a warning like this to let you know when your next migraine attack was about to start?

Well, you probably already get a warning and just didn’t know how to recognize it. Migraine’s early warning system is called prodrome and it’s the first of the four phases of a migraine attack. If you don’t know what to look for, these symptoms might get ignored or explained away as insignificant.

By recognizing these early warning signs, you can be better prepared for the next migraine attack. In some cases, you may even be able to abort the attack before the headache starts. Even if you can’t abort it, knowing symptoms gives you time to prepare for the attack by getting home, gathering your medications and comfort measures, and even making arrangements for childcare or dinner preparations.

So many times it can feel as if migraine attacks hit without warning or explanation. This can leave you feeling like a helpless victim. Knowing your prodrome symptoms gives you back a measure of control, increasing your ability to take charge.

Possible symptoms:


  • difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • difficulty reading
  • difficulty speaking
  • extra energy
  • lack of energy
  • frequent urination
  • diarrhea
  • excessive thirst
  • food cravings
  • nausea
  • depressed mood
  • insomnia
  • excessive fatigue
  • yawning
  • neck stiffness & pain
  • sensitivity to sound
  • sensitivity to light

Don’t know if you have a prodrome?

Try this free Prodrome Tracker. You might be surprised by what you learn.

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3 thoughts on “Migraine’s early warning system

  1. I’m thankful I don’t suffer migraines but I have had some doozies of headaches that sure feel like them! Thanks for the tips, these warning signs will come in handy I’m sure for those that do suffer

  2. Tammy,
    Yes!! I need a warning button or something that can read my brain and tell me what’s going on when I’m in a brain fog!

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