Migraine Fever Symptoms

By Rena Sherwood

  • Overview

    Migraine Fever Symptoms
    Migraine Fever Symptoms
    It is not normal for a migraine to be accompanied by a fever, especially a high fever. Having both a migraine and a fever usually indicates very serious ailments like meningitis or stroke, requiring prompt hospitalization. Please contact your doctor immediately if both a migraine and a fever come on very suddenly.
  • Migraines Are Not Headaches

    Migraine pain is mainly located on just one side of the head, while in headaches the pain is spread over both sides. Other symptoms also accompany migraines, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sudden intolerance to light or sounds and shakiness. The pain can last from a few hours to a few weeks. Before the pain begins, many migraine sufferers see auras (hallucinations such as flashes, blurred vision in one eye or swirls or color) or hear auras (strange, persistent noises). However, auras do not necessarily accompany every migraine a person may suffer.
  • What Migraine And Fever Could Be

    Migraine and fever together can be one of three very serious conditions--meningitis, stroke or encephalitis. However, there are usually other symptoms accompanying these conditions. For meningitis, there is often a stiff neck and strange rashes on the skin. In stroke, there is often numbness in a limb. drooping on one side of the face or difficulty speaking. Any combination of those symptoms may be a stroke. In encephalitis, in addition to sudden fever and migraine, there is a stiff neck, mental confusion, sudden inexplicable personality changes, drowsiness, soft spots on the head and seizures.


  • If Left Alone

    It is dangerous to ignore these warning signs. In meningitis and encephalitis, a patient can go downhill in a matter of hours and if not treated, death can result. In stroke, delaying treatment can lead to brain cell death and lead to permanent problems like half of one side of the body becoming paralyzed.
  • Significance

    A stroke occurs when oxygen can't get to the brain, which is why a migraine is often the first symptom. Encephalitis is when the brain is inflamed and swollen due to an infection, which is also why fever and migraine are two of the more common symptoms. Meningitis is an infection in the membrane or fluid lining of the brain or spinal chord, often caused by an infection.
  • Considerations

    There are other reasons why someone may get both a migraine and a fever. Usually, this is because a person has been sick with a cold or infection for days and can't sleep, so the migraine comes because of sleep deprivation. But please do not use this article in the place of your doctor's advice. Any migraine and fever combination should be warning signs to contact a doctor as soon as possible.
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