Clinical Signs & Symptoms of Migraines & Aneurysms

By Ezmeralda Lee

  • Overview

    Migraines and Aneurysms are serious conditions. Some people are fortunate in having only mild attacks, while others require medication for life in order to simply function during the day and sleep during the night.
  • Identification

    When it comes to migraines most people experience sensitivity to light and sound. They want it extremely quiet and dark while they rest. Some are also sensitive to smell and movement as well. Certain smells can trigger vomiting and too much movement can make the pain in their head even worse than it was to begin with. Aneurysms are a different story entirely. They are veins that swell and then eventually burst from the pressure of blood build up. Signs and symptoms are usually not felt or seen until the ball of pressure can be felt internally or externally. However, there are small symptoms and signs that may be related to a growing aneurysm such as pain in your stomach that is consistent and lasts for a few hours to a few days. The lack of blood flow due to the blockage of the aneurysm can cause your feet or other extremities to feel cold, tingly and numb.
  • Effects

    Migraines can cause you to have diarrhea, feel light headed or dizzy and vomit consistently. Because pain takes energy the person experiencing the migraine may also be extremely drained and need several hours to an entire day of rest. When an aneurysm bursts it can be extremely painful. This event of the burst requires surgery. But, even if the aneurysm can be found before it bursts surgery can still be required if the pressure has built to a dangerous volume.


  • Size

    The size, or severity, of a migraine varies by person and circumstance. Someone could start out with a mild headache that is a migraine, but not experience the entire severity of that migraine until they smell something or can't get a room quiet enough for them to rest. Aneurysms grow continuously until the vein eventually bursts.
  • Considerations

    Know that not all people get all symptoms or signs of a migraine and that not all people who have migraines will have aneurysms. Learning the events that can trigger a migraine can help you avoid an attack. Lessening the amount of migraines by drinking more water, quitting smoking and drinking less caffeine along with a balanced diet can all help as well.
  • Warning

    If you believe you may be a victim of constant migraine attacks, then it is time to see a doctor, explain your symptoms and get professional medical advice. This may include over the counter or prescription drugs to help with the pain at the onset of your migraine headaches. If you feel you have one or more signs or symptoms of an aneurysm it is time to see a doctor immediately. Aneurysms can be fatal.
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