Table 1.

Demographic characteristics, clinical migraine features, and behavioral pain ratings of healthy controls and migraineurs (interictal, preictal, and ictal)

Interictal migraineursPreictal migraineursIctal migraineursHealthy controls
Demographics
    Number20101320
    Female/male15/510/09/415/5
    Age range (years)20–3920–4520–4618–37
Clinical characteristics
    With/without aura7/132/81/9
    Disease duration (years)12.7 (±8.1)10.1 (±4.2)12.2 (±5.1)
    Attacks per month3 (1–6)4 (2–6)4 (1–6)
Location of the pain
    Right-sided predominantly242
    Left-sided predominantly423
    Changing sides1448
    Last attack (days)4–21>3
    Next attacks (days)4–151–33/6
    Attack severity* (average and range)8 (7–10)
Behavioral data
    Averaged pain ratings6.7 (±2.3)6.2 (±3.4)6.5 (±2.3)6.5 (±2.4)
  • Mean values of the disease duration are presented with SD; mean values of pain ratings are presented with the SEM.

  • *Attack severity was recorded on a numerical rating scale ranging from 0 (no pain) to 10 (highest imaginable pain).