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Old 10-17-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Am I experiencing a migraine?

So it all started with me having a sharp pain in the back of my head. I went to the doctor and he said it was an inflamed nerve in the brain or something so he put me on prednisone for 5 days. I finished the prescription and the pain went away. Two days later I started noticing everything was getting spacey, like I was hullicinating. This lasted three days now my neck is getting stiff and I'm getting not really head aches but it feels like someone is crushing my head. There is a lot of pressure on the front of my head by my sinuses. Also I almost blacked out at work today. I don't think its a brain tumor/ cancer because I'm not vomiting or feeling weak/ sick. If you've had migraines or think you know what this is it would be a great help if you could inform me. I'm seeing a doctor tommarow but there not always right.

 
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

It sounds like you may be experiencing a migraine. Mine (basilar migraine) has autonomic symptoms. It can cause me to be spacey and to have problems speaking, not saying the right things and can lead to seizure type symptoms. I am curious about your blackout. I can go blind during a migraine and forget what happened during the whole day. Is this what you are speaking about?

I hope your appointment goes well, you did not say if you are seeing a neurologist or not? Let us know how it goes.

 
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:36 PM   #3
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

I went to a normal doctor yesterday and they ran a bunch of test said everything was pretty much normal and to come back in two weeks for another evaluation. I'm still really spacey and the head pressure has gotten more intense. As for blacking out it only seems like it's about to happen when I'm doing something physically active, a lot of noises, under stress. I haven't fully blackout yet but have got close.

 
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:06 PM   #4
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

The pressure feels exactly like when you do a hand stand or when you hang from monkey bars and the blood rushs to your head but I get this all day when I'm standing.

 
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

My blood pressure was fine when I went to the doctor. Is there such thing as restricted blood flow to the brain our an artery getting pinched?

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:32 AM   #6
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

Panther,

Basilar Artery Migraines restrict the blood flow to the brain. They are also made worse when you work out heavily. I would suggest that you get a headache diary from the internet and start keeping track of your headaches. This is important so that the doctor can see a history of your migraines and triggers without you trying to remember every one of them. After tracking your headaches you need to see a neurologist to see about a diagnosis.

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #7
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

How long does it normally last because it's been going on for a week an half.

 
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:15 AM   #8
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How long does it normally last because it's been going on for a week an half.
I cannot really tell you how long it can last. I take seizure medications that help reduce the frequency and severity of the headaches. I also take abortives. For a serious headache that is intractable I usually end up in the hospital. Getting the right information to your doctor and seeing a neurologist is the best way to handle these headaches.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #9
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It's happing again a month after it last happend the last time this happend it lasted a week and a half.

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #10
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

I am a migraine sufferer and a allergy sufferer. Sometimes I can confuse the pain. When I have a sinus infection my whole head feels heavy. My molars hurt and behind my ears is painful. If I rub them it feels better. I start clenching my jaw and then my neck and back of my head hurt also. I get spacey also and can't concentrate. I take a steamy bath, break out the Netti-pot, and then drink tea with some Excedrin sinus decongestant. When I have migraines that I don't feel the pain with it's like I have a waking seizure. I forget where I am what I was doing. I feel light headed and there is an over-all tightness of my head that no massaging will alleviate. I don't know if I've blacked out because somehow I still finished my reports for work. In my "painless" migraines my body goes into autopilot. I can't feel the pain but at the same time I do. Co-workers have told me that tears will just start flowing down my face but I am talking just fine. Then I don't remember a word of it. Do either of these seem to be what you are going through? Or could it be something else like a damaged nerve?

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:50 PM   #11
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

The your painless migraine sounds a lot like what I'm experiencing I don't know what it could be I feel like I'm drunk 24/7 and can't do alot of things because of it. Some things I think it might be a painless migraine, sinus infection the only thing is I don't have pressure on my sinuses, chiari malformation 1, intercrainial pressure, or meningitis but I don't have the vomiting, or severe headache. I wish my doctor would preform an MRI so I could eliminate some of the possibilities. But I mainly just feel like I'm drunk 24/7 like im watching my self live my life and when I move my head or my eyes everything is slower like I'f your drunk.

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #12
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It's happing again a month after it last happend the last time this happend it lasted a week and a half.
Panther, as a veteran of 47 years' worth of migraines, I would encourage you to have this checked out by a specialist--and this is most important--a board-certified neurologist who is also a Headache Specialist. Even if you have to travel a bit, it's worth it to be evaluated and hopefully treated by someone with vast experience in the many forms migraine can take. Just to see a general neurologist is not enough.

You can find a ton of information, doctor referrals, and support in a very helpful and active community called My Migraine Connection, if you care to Google that.

Best of luck!

 
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

You may also want to consider the possibility of cervicogenic headaches. They can be VERY similar to migraines but stem from the neck. There could be a cervical spine problem involved, but it could be as simple as bad posture causing everything. I'm not too sure what caused my own cervicogenic headaches, but it's been a struggle for about 2 years now. There is ALWAYS pressure in the back of my head, but it's much different than a tension headache. My neck is always achy and stiff, but it's different than my typical neck aches. It can be tough to explain, but sometimes you can just tell that it's different for you and something is off. The pains in this area can trigger migraines for me. I often just feel disoriented and the pressure can be unbearable. If I use a cervical collar/soft neck brace, I can tell that less weight on my neck helps considerably, which was one of the main ways for me to tell it was a cervicogenic headache.

Treating these can unfortunately be very difficult. I've gone through 2 rounds of physical therapy and chiropractic treatment and haven't had luck yet. I get the best results from doing my own myofascial release therapy at home by following a book with instructions and using a tennis ball. I also watch my posture, gave up sleeping on my stomach, and don't do any jumping around (I love to work out). Working at a computer seems to aggravate it more, and I've learned that walking around is when I tend to feel best. You may want to read up on these kinds of headaches and see if it's a possibility for you! Of course it COULD be a form of migraine, and for me the cervicogenic headaches do affect my migraines, but there could be some kind of physical issue causing it too. For me it was likely related to posture, my desk job, and stress building up over time. I've had migraines for years, but I just randomly woke up one day with these new issues too.

 
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:03 AM   #14
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Re: Am I experiencing a migraine?

I got an MRI done on Friday. On Sunday I had a very strange headache. I left work early because my leg was numb and I felt really warm. When I got home I got intense pressure on the front of my skull. My body started heating up and I started feeling spacey, confused, brain foged and a stiff neck. I was having a hard time walking and was sluring my words not saying full sentences. I went to the er they took blood and found my MRI results from Friday. They said the MRI was normal and the blood work came back saying I dident have menengitis. They told me i might be dealing with abnormal migraines. I saw my normal doctor the day after and she said the same thing. I made an apointment with a nuerologist and got prescribed imatrex. I took one yesterday dident really change anything I'm still trying to figure out what I'm dealing with and the nuerologist is booked till March 15.

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