What is a migraine with aura?

Dr Louisa Draper

"The aura stage can last from a few minutes up to an hour and in adults it normally precedes the actual headache stage of a migraine attack. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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A migraine with aura is a common type of migraine which is accompanied by a stage featuring additional neurological symptoms. These include visual and sensory disturbances such as hallucinations of shapes before the eyes, numbness, dizziness and psychological symptoms. Not every migraine sufferer experiences the aura stage of migraine.

The aura stage can last from a few minutes up to an hour, and in adults it normally precedes the actual headache stage of a migraine attack. Children may experience the symptoms of the aura along with the headache. It is also possible to have the aura without the headache. 

Rarely, some people can experience migraine with aura that lasts days, weeks or even months.

Although it can be unsettling to experience the symptoms of a migraine with aura, they usually disappear on their own without lasting effects.