It is likely that you have migraine if you have recurrent ‘sick’ headaches or bilious attacks that last anything between a few hours to a few days and you are otherwise well.
If you’re not sure, take the I-D Migraine test1:
During the last 3 months did you have any of the following symptoms together with a headache?
Question 1: You felt nauseated/sick?
Question 2: Light bothered you (a lot more than when you didn’t have a headache)?
Question 3: Your headache limited your ability to work, study, play or do what you wanted for at least one day?
If you answered YES to two or more questions it was most likely migraine. If you answered YES to one or no question only it might have been migraine, but we suggest discussing it with a doctor to make sure.
1 Lipton RB, Dodick D, Sadovsky R, al. e. A self-administered screener for migraine in primary care: the ID Migraine TM validation study. Neurology 2003; 61:375-382