3 Rare Types Of Migraines

Nothing can stop you in your tracks faster or longer than a migraine. Unlike a regular headache, a migraine can last days or weeks. In addition to light and sound sensitivity, migraine symptoms can also include:

·    Intense Headaches

frequent ocular migraines

·    Dizziness

·    Nausea & Vomiting

·    Irritability

·    Sleep Deprivation

The things that trigger a migraine can vary from genetic predisposition to the type of food you eat. Currently, it is estimated that over 10% of Americans suffer from migraines, with a majority of that percentage being women.

If you suffer from chronic migraines, it might be indicative of a more severe migraine condition. Below are some of the rarest migraine conditions that are often misdiagnosed as regular migraine headaches.


This rare migraine condition affects about 1% of the population. Unlike regular migraines that last up to 72 hours and can be treated at home, intractable migraines can last significantly longer and usually require hospitalization.


Ocular migraines are slightly more common than intractable ones, affecting an estimated 20% of all migraine sufferers. These migraines manifest as debilitating pain behind the eye. Those who have frequent ocular migraines often experience:

·    Visual Zigzags & Lines

·    Bright Flashes Of Light

·    Scintillations & Sparkling

·    Blind Spots In Vision

Treatments for ocular migraines include hydration therapies, nasal sprays, and prescription medications.


While abdominal migraines aren’t in the head, they can often be triggered by head-based migraines. This rare type of migraine appears in about 2% of children and is less common for adults. Abdominal migraines and regular migraines share common symptoms, including intense pain, vomiting, and fatigue lasting up to 72 hours.

If you are experiencing any issues suggesting a rare migraine condition, talk to your doctor for advice on effective migraine treatments.  Failure to do so can have serious health consequences.