Migraine without aura

70-90% of people with migraine experience this type

Common symptoms of ‘migraine without aura’

  • Attacks of ‘migraine without aura’ last between 4 and 72 hours when untreated or unsuccessfully treated.
  • The headache is usually on one side of the head with a throbbing or pulsating pain which affects your normal daily life and will worsen when you take everyday exercise such as walking or climbing stairs.
  • During this type of migraine you will be likely to feel sick and may vomit or have diarrhoea.
  • You may also become sensitive to light (photophobia) and/or sound (phonophobia).

Likely frequency of attacks

May occur anything from once a year to several times per week.


70-90% of people with migraine experience this type.

Other information

Former names/previously used terms for migraine without aura

  • Common migraine
  • Hemicrania simplex

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