How long does a migraine attack last?

If you are lucky, three to four hours. If you are unlucky, several days. This is not meant cynically, but unfortunately the reality. The duration of a migraine attack can vary extremely. And when it starts, it's virtually impossible to predict how long the attack will last.

Typically, such a migraine attack consists of several phases. He often announces himself hours to even days before the start of the so-called Vorbotenphase. Severe fatigue, constant yawning or sensitivity to noise are possible such harbingers. But that does not have to happen and varies from person to person.

Early medication can relieve seizure

Before the headache begins, an aura phase then appears in around 10% of those affected. This is a colorful spectrum of concomitant symptoms ranging from visual disturbances, discomfort to balance disorders. Also, this migraine aura varies enormously from person to person, both in terms of their intensity and their symptoms. Sometimes she even appears solitary, so that there is no headache afterwards.

If you repeatedly suffer from migraine attacks, you will get "a feeling" for your attacks over time. Often also an idea, whether it will go fast this time or will take longer. Regardless, taking premature migraine medications early can help reduce the intensity of an attack.

Author:Dr. med. Jörg Zorn

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Comments (13)
unfortunately migraine
13 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 13:30
I have always had migraines, probably inherited.
I was in a children's migraine clinic and tens of doctors. I have also suffered acupuncture, but this has brought me nothing by increasing tension. Also, various herbal drops / tablets for prevention and the like I have through. In the long run it only helps to avoid the triggers as well as possible and to do yoga against tension headaches.
When I realize that I'm having a seizure, I do not always want to take a tablet, because otherwise I would have to take it very often. Sometimes it goes away with coffee and / or fresh air. But if not, then I can only hope that a 600 Ibu will help. But often it does not get much worse, despite the tablet.
Over the years (I am now 22) I notice that the migraine is changing. In the old days I even had to vomit, but I could sleep 4 hours a day and it was gone. Then came a time when I could go to bed without a pill in the evening and in the morning I felt better again. Or if it was bad during the day, a 400 Ibu helped.
But today, when I get migraine in the afternoon / evening and take a pill, I often have severe migraines the next day. Over the years, they become stronger, last longer, and tablets / sleep hardly help. The secondary symptoms (sensitivity to light, noise, irritability, fatigue) are still the same.
Whether Triptane would help better, I do not really want to try. My pharmacist urgently advised against it, since they are several hundred times stronger than other painkillers and therefore also very harmful to the organs.
12 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Hello, I am 13 years old and have a very strong headache. I did an online test and he said that I could have a migraine because I am very sick and very dizzy (all day long). But still, I do not know if it's a migraine or not? Can someone help me please? Your Sara
Constant pressure in the head
11 Tuesday, the 05th of July 2016 at 21:22
Hello, I have not had a strong pressure on my head since Saturday, Novalgin or Diclofenac. I first had concerns that it comes from the neck, because I have longer problems there. But that could be ruled out and nothing was visible on the CT. The radiologist then said it was migraine. What exactly can I do and how long does it take?
to Sandy
10 Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm
Naviagtor team
Hello Sandy,
Yes that's true. Such migraine attacks can also flood and re-flood. Not everybody likes that, but it does happen.
All the best and kind regards
Your navigator team
9 Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 15:30
Hello, my seizure is seemingly cropped with a light triptan inadequate and will come back. Is it true that a seizure can consist of, so to speak, several episodes of pain? Most 4-5 days, until the spook is over.
Thanks Sandy
Rather cause in the ear
8 Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 15:24
Navigator Team
Hello Maria Lea,
impossible to judge from a distance, but it sounds more like a Meniere's disease or a sudden hearing loss, at least from the ear.
All the best and kind regards
Dr. J. anger
Migraine attack?
7 Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:14
I was training and have about 30 min. had flicker in front of his eyes. This was followed by a severe headache on the left side. Then I became sick (have vomited), also came to balance disorders and dizziness. Is this a migraine attack? I have to say I had middle ear infection two weeks ago, is it related?
6 Tuesday, 25th of August 2015 at 17:57
I'm only 11 and yesterday had very strong headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and my left hand and around my mouth I had numbness and I'm going to the hospital, bee apparently it may be some
Dear to the doctor
5 Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 19:27
Editorial staff navigator medicine migraine
Hello Laky,
that is from a distance and without knowing you impossible to say reputable. But please go to a doctor with such complaints rather quickly, to make sure that there is nothing else behind it.

All the best and kind regards
Dr. Jörg Zorn from the Navigator team
4 Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 19:11
Hello, I've had a severe headache for three days, a sting and a squeeze in my head, and I always feel drowsy, my eyes are hard to keep open. I always had a lot of stress, because my left eye was always jerking, now I put off the stress and suddenly I got these complaints. Can this be a migraine? Lg Laky
Medicines for migraine seizures
3 Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 06:45
editorial team
Hello Luca,

yes, there are such drugs. However, we must not make concrete recommendations without knowing you personally. Your family doctor / pediatrician would also need to know about it and can prescribe something to you, which you can then take at the beginning of the first signs of seizure.

Your navigator team
Jörg Zorn
also only 15
2 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 at 20:12
I'm only 15 and have had migraine attacks for almost 2 years. For me it is that I get strong visual disturbances, followed by severe nausea (usually until vomiting) and then the very strong headache (if the attack is excessively strong, there are also language errors). And I wanted to ask if there are special medicines for these seizures, because they are already very painful.

MfG Luca
sick headache
1 Friday, 02. January 2015 at 22:17
Hello, I am only 15 years old and have more migraine attacks.
Is it unusual at my age