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Migraines come in different types, and one of them is ‘silent’.

What does that mean?

Typical migraines cause excruciating pain, however some people experience ‘silent migraines’.

This type of migraine does not cause physical pain; however it can be quite debilitating because of the associated symptoms that are brought on.

The American Migraine Association summarized some aura symptoms, which are accompanying symptoms of a migraine.

  • blurry vision
  • light sensitivity
  • vision loss
  • seeing zigzags or squiggly lines
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • weakness
  • confusion
  • difficulty speaking
  • dizziness
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain

People suffering from silent migraines experience the above aura symptoms which can last from minutes up to hours.

Some triggers of silent migraines…

  • smell
  • noises
  • light
  • caffeinated beverages
  • stress
  • and many more…

Risk factors?

Your risk of having silent migraines increase if you:

  • have previous history of migraines
  • have family history of migraines
  • are female
  • are under 40 years of age

There are many ways to help prevent silent migraines. Click here to see them.

Try to avoid the triggers of your migraines. Some ideas include:

  • reduce the amount of your headache medication because frequent use may cause ‘rebound’ headaches
  • stay hydrated
  • eat nutritious food regularly
  • exercise regularly

If you are a sufferer or know someone who suffers from silent migraines, contact our headache clinicians for a careful assessment and early diagnosis of your condition.

Imagine a life free from headaches and migraines.

References (2022). Migraine Aura Without a Headache: Care Instructions. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Mar. 2024].

Healthline. (2018). What Are the Symptoms of a Silent Migraine?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Mar. 2024].

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