The main symptom of a migraine headache is a throbbing pain that is generalized to one side of the head, notes WebMD. In the days leading up to the migraine, sufferers may experience depression or crankiness, restlessness, nervousness, sleepiness, thirst and hunger. Feelings of wakefulness, happiness and extreme energy are also common a couple of days before the migraine begins. Once the migraine starts, pain may be felt on both sides of the head and behind one eye, and it may be moderate to intense and worsened by physical activity, noise, light and odors and vomiting and nausea may accompany the migraine.
Less common symptoms that sometimes accompany migraine pain include problems speaking and short-term weakness generalized to one side of the body, notes WebMD. Some people may experience tingling in the shoulders, arms and face.
Migraines can last for up to 72 hours, especially if treatment is not sought, according to WebMD. Once the migraine ends, the sufferer may feel very tired and have achy muscles. These symptoms persist sometimes for a day after the end of the migraine.
Around 20 percent of migraine sufferers see an aura around 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the migraine, notes WebMD. During an aura, the person may see flashing lights, wavy lines or spots. Auras are often accompanied by numbness and tingling in the face, arms and hands.