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Post  Wendy on Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:48 pm

It's taken me years to notice, but I get certain signs of a migraine starting. I don't get auras, but I do get the following:

- itchy inside ear on the migraine side (every time)
- eye twitches on the migraine side (every time)
- dry eye on the migraine side (every time)
- jaw ache (sometimes)
- grumpy/angry (sometimes)
- 'flat' feeling (headachy but not a migraine) about 12 hours before migraine (sometimes)
- slight blood nose (sometimes, normally at onset but not for long)

I also have this weird itchy shoulder thing going on randomly but that's any time whether a migraine is on its way or not - it started about a year after the migraines so I have no idea if the two are related or it was just coincidental.

What are your warning signs?
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Post  Migrainegirl on Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:16 pm

Serious fatigue (sometimes)
Really depressed bad mood for no reason (sometimes)

Most of the time I don't get any warning signs, they just come on.
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Post  Jul on Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:11 am

Mine usually come on with very little warning but occasionally about 30 mins before I get sudden tiredness and find it difficult to get my words out properly (I say sentences the wrong way round lol) and excessive yawning. Usually withing the hour I'm reaching for the triptans and off to bed if that happens!

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Post  Tamsha101 on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:38 am

For me I get really tired, irritable and angry, ears ringing, sometimes visual aura, sometimes not. Weather changes seem to be the biggest trigger for me at the moment.

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Post  jwar on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:21 am

Excessive yawning and sudden, intense fatigue are often warning signs for me. Sometimes I get what I would imagine is a true "prodrome", which is hard to explain. It basically feels like my neurons are no longer capable of communicating with each other. I get really clumsy, can't find my words, everything (holding my head up, walking) feels extremely heavy and laborious - like I have cinder blocks tied to my body. My eyes get sunken in and dark circles and I get this numb tingly pulsing feeling where my head usually hurts. When that happens it usually lasts for about a day and I know that I am in for a hell of a migraine following it. I also occasionally get the classic visual aura - flashing lights, blind spots, etc.

I often find the prodromes more disturbing and incapacitating than the migraine pain itself. I hate when I get them.
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Post  Cindy*W on Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:40 pm

I have the ear pain sometimes and my eye waters on the side I get the pain.

Also get to where I can't recall the words I want to say. It is frustrating.

Thanks for all the tips on how to apply pressure.

I usually just press above my eye with my fingers but now I will try some of the things you have suggested.

Another thing I have noticed is it's like my body temperature won't regulate.

I am cold and put something warm on and the next thing I know, I am hot and taking it off.

Does anyone else experience this?

Thanks a million for the tips.

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Post  Jewishmother on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:20 pm

I get very cold..........end up piling all kinds of blankets on! My prodrome also includes yawning and an inability to concentrate. It is hard for me though to differentiate sometimes between what is prodrome and what is aura. Anyone else have that issue?
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Post  Migrainegirl on Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:04 pm

I do think problems with temperature regulation are part of this whole thing. If you think about it pressure, temperature and volume are all related. So if our body's thermoregulatory system is having trouble (e.g. vasodilation), then either blood pressure or temperature will also be effected.
Personally I will get very hot feet, or very cold all over.

I also get stabbing in my ear. But not necessarily just before a migraine hits.
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Post  Jul on Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:50 am

I also have problem with my tempurature during a migraine. I am currently on day six of this one and last night was the worse, hot one minute and throwing the covers off, then cold then hot then cold arrgghh! Throughout all that though my feet remain freezing cold lol...

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Post  Wendy on Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:14 am

Damn, I was hoping others might at least have the itchy ear thing! I too get hot and cold during migraines - mostly start off freezing cold but often with a very hot face and head.
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Post  Migrainegirl on Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:05 pm

Mine doesn't itch. It feels like someone is poking my left eardrum with a sharp object every minute or so. Very annoying and painful. The doctor says the ear canal and eardrum look fine, so it's not physically a typical ear problem..
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