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Old 07-12-2009, 08:21 AM   #1
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Migraines? Please Help

I don't know what is going on with me. It started two weeks ago yesterday out of nowhere. I had the most stressful day ever on a Friday but I was still feeling really good, and woke up Saturday morning with an intense headache. (So I assumed it was just from a stressful day, and from crying). As the day progressed I started feeling really dizzy. Not like a vertigo dizzy though. It kind of felt like I was on one of those gravity rides at a fair and your head feels really heavy, but there was no spinning or anything of that nature. I also started to feel really nauseus. After a few hours I felt like I might faint from the dizzy spells. Worried about blood sugar (which I have never had a problem with before), I downed an entire soda, ate a candy bar, filled up on food, popped an advil, and took a nap. I woke up still feeling a little different but not nearly as bad as I had been. Went about my night with no more problems. Woke up the next day and it started all over again. Sunday night I had tingling in my feet and progressed up my leg with a mild shooting pain, worried... Monday morning I made a doctors appt for wednesday. (no health insurance right now either.) By Wednesday I was feeling mildly better with no leg problems at all. (so i figured maybe it was from sitting in a weird position all day?). But I noticed a mild pain behind my eyes, and a pressure feeling throughout my head. I also noticed especially when driving or reading my eyes feel like they are moving a lot more than they should be, kind of like it is really hard to focus on anything. It feels like a nystagmus would look but when I look in a mirror my eyes aren't moving at all. I went to the doctor on that Wednesday and he told me my blood pressure was fine even though I myself thought it was quite low it was like 90/60 something. He told me that was normal for people my age (22 year old Female). He continued with a blood pressure test, where I layed down for a few minutes, took a reading, then stood up and took a reading. Said it seemed normal, and diagnosed me with migraines.

He ended up giving me a trial medication called Tripemax? I think. He said take it when I start to feel a headache coming on and that he wanted to see me again in a week. One thing though Is I only had two headaches that didn't last long of the five days I had been going through this. So Friday night I felt like I might get a headache (mind you dizziness, and sick feeling along with eye problems till present), I popped a pill. Woke up the next day feeling a teeny bit better... until I got a headache? As the weekend went, I felt 50% better then I did when It inititally started, but I was still having symptoms off and on and my eyes still bothered me during driving and reading. Thinking maybe it was a vision problem I was wearing my glasses, but it never seemed to help, sometimes I felt like it made the dizziness and the eye thing worse.

So after a week I went back to the doc, and he told me he still believed it was migraines, didn't bother running any tests such as blood work or anything like that and that the dizziness should go away within a few weeks- and didnt even write me a prescription for migraine meds. Told him my worries about the eyes feeling like they are moving all the time when they arent and the slight pressure behind my eyes and he told me he didn't know what would cause that since my eyes are not bulging. Told me to see an opthamologist.

Thursday woke up went to work, after feeling slightly better, symptoms still present but not nearly as often or as debilitating, and had a relapse. Thought I was going to pass out right on the floor, and the dizziness and pressure in my head followed me through out the entire day. Friday did better, and yesterday woke up fine. Went and played baseball to relieve some stress and felt a little dizzy from running around. Went to my boyfriends and played rock band which is not easy on the eyes at all, and felt sick for 2 hours following that. Woke up this morning feeling pretty good, still a little difficult to look at this screen and write this, and have some mild tension in the neck, and a little pressure in the head but not feeling dizzy or sick.

I do not get my insurance through work for another month, so I dont want to do anything drastic until I am insured. I just want to know what this sounds like to some people. Is this a typical thing with migraines? or is my doctor an idiot? I am just worried from reading other posts, that this is like a brain tumor or something, and is starting to cause me great stress/panic attacks/anxiety because of it which isn't helping anything. It is also starting to make me depressed because I feel like its starting to take over my life even in the last two weeks. I dont want to go anywhere because I am afraid im going to have a dizzy spell and result in a panic attack. I am worried I am going to faint/or seizure even though I have never done either (knock on wood).

 
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:29 AM   #2
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I must add that I also do not feel dizzy the entire day. Its like an "attack", very sudden without warning. I could be doing one thing and all of a sudden start feeling really dizzy. It may go away, or it might follow me around with the pressure in my head. Also When I do get headaches, it seems to be above my ears and around my temples. Sometiems there is pressure on the bridge of my nose, and under my eyes, like a sinus infection type thing. Also I get a lot of pressure in the back of my head around my neck area.

 
Old 07-14-2009, 07:49 AM   #3
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Re: Migraines? Please Help

I started getting migraines when I was 23. My doctor presribed Inderol (a beta blocker)
and after a couple months I stopped getting the headaches.
Sometimes mine would last 4 or 5 days and put me in the hospital several times.
Some people have problems with beta blockers but I have taken it for 28 years and
have had maybe a dozen migraines since.

I don't remember being dizzy with mine. With a BP of 90/60 I think that could be causing
your dizziness so you might not be able to take a beta blocker.

Just my story for what its worth.

 
Old 07-26-2009, 10:36 PM   #4
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Re: Migraines? Please Help

Ever-since I was injured by electricity (8000 volts) I have dealt with migraines too, and have researched the topic extensively as I'm writing a book. The worst part about migraines is that we really don't know for sure why they happen. There are many meds that can help - and Inderal is a very popular anti-migraine drug. It's also used for blood pressure control. The weight-gain issue is more because some people get tired easily when they're taking a beta blocker, so they become less active. It really isn't the drug causing the weight gain as much as it is the decrease in activity.

I'd try Neurontin. Beta blockers have several side-effects, most of which are not desirable. Neurontin seems to help so many migraine sufferers and the side-effects are almost nill.

I have these headaches weekly, and I also have servere chronic pain, so I'm on the fentanyl patch, which is a very powerful narcotic. So my headaches don't always get severe, but when they do, I have to go to the ER for IV medications. If you're not dealing with other pain issues, migraine prevention meds hopefully will do a good job for you.
Good luck

 
Old 07-31-2009, 06:58 PM   #5
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Hi,
I assume you are in the US because you mentioned not being able to seek proper help until your insurance kicks in. That bloody infuriates me as you should be able to get appropriate medical care regardless......... Thank God I live in Australia where we have socialised medicine.

Anyway, I don't think you are describing migraines. This is the definition of migraine:

"Migraines are headaches that typically last from 4-72 hours and you may experience nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine sufferers frequently report throbbing pain that worsens with normal activity.

Migraines are associated with auras in some people. Auras are warning symptoms that may occur before you experience a migraine. These warning symptoms usually consist of visual disturbances such as flashing lights, or changes in smell or perception."

Migraines are also most common on one side of the head only (in my case, the left side always).

In my case, the progress is fairly typical. I start with a slight headache on the left side of my head that gradually progreses over the next few hours to the point where I have to go to bed. Movement, light, smells, etc... are intolerable to me. If I am lucky, the migraine will subside after 8 hours and I will feel tired but euphoric. If I am unlucky, I will have residual pain for about 36 hours. I have been on triptans, cafergot and all of the non-prescription meds and none work. I am currently trialling beta blockers, so I will report back after one month to let you know how I go.

My advice to you is to get another doctor, one who actually gives a f%$k!

Regards,
LInda

 
Old 08-01-2009, 07:21 AM   #6
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I honestly do not think they are migraines either. But apparently migraines run in the women in my family. I still feel weird after about a month. My head is still not right. I do not really get dizzy anymore or feel nauseaus anymore either. I still get a few headaches here and there, and lately my neck has really been bothering me. I ended up getting a catscan and they said it looked perfect. My eyes are what is really bothering me. It is still really hard to focus especially when driving or reading. I feel like my eyes are always moving, and glasses still don't help. I feel like I have to concentrate extra hard which just makes it worse. I am going in for blood work next monday so we will see what they find in that.

 
Old 08-06-2009, 02:42 PM   #7
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I HATE you are going through this, but it is very typical (I think) for most migraine sufferers. I hope that you will find relief and I think you need to see a diff doctor. He does sound like an idiot for asking you to see the opthamologist bc it is common with migraines that there is pressure behind your eyes and difficulty seeing. It sounds like all of the symptoms you are having describe a migraine. I experience alot of sweating behind my eyes and pressure when I get a migraine. do some research online on the symptoms and it will help you as well. Alot of ppl see auras but I never do. That's my only prob is that when I get a headache, I can't always tell if it's just going to be a regular headache or a full-blown migraine until it is almost too late and has already turned into a migraine. He should have given you an rx for migraine meds. Get a second opinion. I'm on my 3rd doctor and finally think that I have found the right one and right medications, just someone who really wanted to help. Sadly, some just don't care.
I'm glad that you mentioned the "sweating" behind the eyes. My migraines are left side only and my left eye is teary the entire time I have my migraine. I can always tell if my headache is a migraine because the migraines start on the left side whereas the "simple" headaches start on the right. I can continue with daily activities with a headache whereas migraines have me bedridden!

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Old 08-07-2009, 12:14 AM   #8
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Hi. We have all talked about the AURA"S that we get before the on set of the MIGRAINE. I would like to know if anyone of you ever have a low grade fever with your migraine. My hands and head become very hot and when I check my temperature it is always in the range of 37.2 to 37.8 dagrees. Mind you the temperature has been checked with,Digital and Aurical therometers.They all show the same reaingsThis is not related to hormones inbalance.

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Kadi, I get VERY hot before and during my migraines. I dont have a thermometer so I haven't been able to check my temp, I'm sure it's probably low grade...also, they will see us here with no insurance but it's about $200 US dollars, sometimes more depending on what that particular dr. charges but luckily, now i have ins. Oops punkycat, sorry i meant sweating underneath my eyes lol

 
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Hi Carapiny,
It is helpful to know that you also have A HOT feeling during your Migraines .And the sweating under your eyes is probanly due to the raised temperature.Glad that you have insurance now BUT to tel your Doctor that you have knowledge on Migraine because they tend to take patient's for a ride to make money,

Linda,
I hope the Inderal is working on you.I have had no Headache for 5days and I feel blessed
All the best to my fellow sufferers of Migraine
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:58 PM   #11
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This thread was an interesting read for me as I am new to the world of migranes. (After years of headaches I thought were sinus related) My doctor gave me Imitrex, took it for a headache yesterday and it did seem to work.

I noticed there is a lot of talk about aura's here and I know that is a very common symptom of a migrane...I have never had that, dizziness, vomiting..yes, but never an aura. Doctor even said I don't have the typical presentation of a migrane (my pain is almost always in my sinus area), but my other symptoms do indicate migrane.

I'm doing some research on this, as the doctor also suggested I see an ENT. I'm not totally convinced on the diagnosis yet, but I'm getting there as these headaches have a great impact on daily life. I've already used up all my sick time for the year.

 
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This thread was an interesting read for me as I am new to the world of migranes. (After years of headaches I thought were sinus related) My doctor gave me Imitrex, took it for a headache yesterday and it did seem to work.

I noticed there is a lot of talk about aura's here and I know that is a very common symptom of a migrane...I have never had that, dizziness, vomiting..yes, but never an aura. Doctor even said I don't have the typical presentation of a migrane (my pain is almost always in my sinus area), but my other symptoms do indicate migrane.

I'm doing some research on this, as the doctor also suggested I see an ENT. I'm not totally convinced on the diagnosis yet, but I'm getting there as these headaches have a great impact on daily life. I've already used up all my sick time for the year.
Hi Spencer,
Imigran worked beautifully for me the first time I took it, but it failed completely on every subsequent migraine! I was so disappointed! I also do not get aura. I am a "classic" migraine sufferer as I get one or two per month without aura, but I do get the nausea.

Migraine are almost always on one side of the head (mine is the left side) and make normal activities impossible. In my case, I need to go to bed. Mine come on first thing in the morning and peak around midday - 2pm. The migraine will taper off between 4pm - 6pm leaving me either euphoric or drained. I am currently on 2 x 40mg Inderal (beta blocker) which I started 7 days ago. My brothers (doctors) tell me that this is the gold star treatment for migraines, but I was reluctant because I had read about side effects. However I had no choice in the end. I need to be OK for work and the migraines, even though they are only once or twice per month, were impacting too much in my work and social life, so I took the plunge. I have also been on Imigran, tramal (synthetic morphine), all the over the counter meds such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin (these were absolutely useless!!!!!), and others. I have a great dislike of taking medication, so it is with great reluctance that I am now on beta blockers, but I have to say that I have had zero side effects. My danger period for migraine is next week as my migraine are menstrual, so I will know soon enough whether the BB's are working. I also eat raw vegan and I am finding that keeping my diet pure is also helping in many ways.

Good luck in your search for a cure. I really hope you find it!

Regards,
Linda

 
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Hi Carapiny,
It is helpful to know that you also have A HOT feeling during your Migraines .And the sweating under your eyes is probanly due to the raised temperature.Glad that you have insurance now BUT to tel your Doctor that you have knowledge on Migraine because they tend to take patient's for a ride to make money,

Linda,
I hope the Inderal is working on you.I have had no Headache for 5days and I feel blessed
All the best to my fellow sufferers of Migraine
kadi
Hi Kadi,
I am really happy so far with the beta blockers. No side effects at all, not even tiredness. I will know next week if they have prevented a migraine as mine occur at a certain point in my menstrual cycle (damn hormones!!!!!)

Regards,
Linda

 
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Linda,
I am so glad that the beta blocker INDERAL is working on you with no side effects.I did say that Inderal hardly has any side effects.

Spenstar,
I also have NO "AURA" and the doctors always relate a migraine to sinuses.
Sinus headaches goes away with a simple medication such as Panadol, Asprin or Brufen.DO you suffer from a blocked nose when you have a headache?

 
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Just to let everyone know, my sinus headaches don't always go away with simple sinus meds...sometimes they turn into a migraine. I work in a very cold building and almost have a headache daily bc of the it's so cold in here.. it makes my ears hurt. Nothing I can do but put on a jacket and take meds. i think there is alot of dust so that's probably contributing to the prob.

 
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