prodromal symptoms of migraine

Last edited 11/2020 and last reviewed 07/2021

The prodromal symptoms of migrainous headaches can include:

  • prodromal symptoms in migraine with aura
    • may begin hours or a day or two before the other symptoms of a migraine attack with aura
    • include various combinations of fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light and/or sound, nausea, blurred vision, yawning and pallor
    • term ‘prodrome’, which has replaced ‘premonitory phase’ or ‘premonitory symptoms’, does not include aura


  1. Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache Society (IHS). The international classification of headache disorders, 3rd edition. Cephalalgia 2018; 38: 1-211