What senses are usually heightened in the migraine brain?


Individuals with migraine usually experience hypersensitivities to light, sound, smell and touch. These senses can be heightened both during and between migraine attacks.


“Certainly, some of the important symptoms that people have between the full-blown attacks relate to the hypersensitivities that you are mentioning, so things like being hypersensitive to lights, or to different visual patterns, being hypersensitive to odors, to noise, being hypersensitive to touch of the skin even.”

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Todd Schwedt, MD

Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona

As a Professor of Neurology the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona, Dr. Todd Schwedt has seen thousands of migraine patients and evaluated a large number of scans of our hypersensitive brains. His research using advanced MRI techniques has been widely published. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society, is the Vice Chairman of the Headache and Facial Pain section of the American Academy of Neurology, is a member of the International Headache Society Classification Committee, and is an Associate editor of Headache, Cephalalgia and Pain Medicine journals.