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Is this related to my migraine or not?

One thing about living with migraine is that you have little choice but to get used to the strange intricacies of this complicated syndrome and begin to see that much of the way you feel in everyday life might have to be related to your migraine.

Feeling dizzy? That could be related to migraine. Feeling exhausted? Yawning a lot? Yep, that could be migraine-related. How about those weird bursts of euphoria you sometimes feel shortly before the headache phase of your migraine? Yep, that’s part of the prodrome.

For me, it was immensely comforting to know that many of the frightening and/or off-putting symptoms I deal with are probably related to this central disease, that I’m not fending off a huge number of mysterious illnesses, that most of my symptoms are indeed related to my migraine.

Except when they’re not. Except when it’s nearly impossible to tell what’s directly related to migraine, what’s a concomitant condition (another disease or illness that often occurs alongside migraine but is not a part of migraine), & what’s totally unrelated.

For two Fridays in a row I felt totally out of it. I was misreading words while reading books & websites and misinterpreted body language and conversational tone when talking with others. I felt kind of woozy and strange and cloudy-headed. The first time this happened, it got to the point where I felt like perhaps I’d ingested some kind of drug on accident because I felt so completely kooky.

Jim suggested I talk to the doctor if it keeps up, that maybe this strangeness isn’t related to migraine at all. I told him I would, but right now there’s no money to book the doctor appointment I am very late in scheduling. (But lack of money and the stress that comes along with that is for another post entirely.)

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Comments

  • kermit4161
    7 years ago

    I get all of those same symptoms too. Sometimes the headache phase will hit me, others it won’t. I have days when the dizziness/nausea makes it impossible to walk (which makes work kind of hard). My doc says that you can have all of those symptoms without getting the full-on headache… and it is all migraine related. Good luck!

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    7 years ago

    Hi Kermit,

    Your doctor is correct. Silent or acephalgic migraine is a type of migraine when we experience all the symptoms of a migraine attack except the head pain. You can read more about this type of migraine in this article; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/acephalic-complicated-migraine/

  • Lisa Smith
    7 years ago

    It sounds like you might have a problem with gluten (celiac perhaps) or another food sensitivity, which is probably what is triggering the migrains too. Pay attention to what you are eating and you might be on to something quite surprising and telling. Hope you feel better!

  • Peter Meade
    8 years ago

    I have a hard time telling if it’s a side-effect from my meds or the migraine. I’m taking Imitrex injections as many as 5 – 7 days a week. Then I can go a week or more without having to take a single injection.

  • Jeannette Brokaw Lindvig
    8 years ago

    Taking ibuprofen makes me fuzzy brained. My husband is an anesthesiologist, and he never takes ibuprofen for a headache when he is at work because he fears he will screw up. Maybe it is your medicine!

  • Dawn Holmberg
    8 years ago

    I notice that before I get them my left eye twitches. Any Advice?

  • Dawn Holmberg
    8 years ago

    Wendy Biczkow These things are just to strange to figure out. I think I’ve got it then it throws me a curve ball

  • Wendy Biczkow
    8 years ago

    My right eye always gets this swirling motion in it, the after 20 minutes or so it stops, within minutes my head is banging. Mine is definately triggered by light hitting my eye just right I avoid turning on lights at night, strobe lights, etc….

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    8 years ago

    I often experience a lot of yawning and excessive urination during the prodrome, or first phase of a Migraine attack. There are so many subtle symptoms that can accompany this phase it can be hard to keep track of them. I was just wondering on those two Fridays when you felt out of it, did you get the headache phase after feeling like that? Always good to mention to the doctor when new symptoms crop up.

  • Vicki
    8 years ago

    What disturbs me the most is that it seems to give others the impression of something I’m not…absent-minded, etc. What have I missed out on because of this? And what have I missed out on because of time lost?

  • Anne Fink
    8 years ago

    Sounds like my migraines exactly! Glad to know I”m not the only one!

  • Bonnie Gibson
    8 years ago

    I have all the symptoms you are describing when I get a migraine. I lose all train of thought and I’m completely worthless. I just try to sleep it off and most of the time I’m back to normal the next day. I have found taking magnesium and b12 supplements help with not getting them as often.

  • Jason Turner
    8 years ago

    I know how u feel

  • Bridget Marie Gilpin-James
    8 years ago

    I still have side effects from the west Nile (its been years, but still have some effects) sometimes it makes it very difficult to tell when it is just an odd symptom of migraine or something else. My migraines never seem to follow a strict recognizable pattern, but I can tell when it is just a headache or a migraine rearing its ugly head again.

  • Carrie Alpert
    8 years ago

    wondering if you changed any of your medication amounts? do you by chance take topomax? some of your symptoms sound familiar with the exception of misinterpreting body language. And yes, sometimes when I have a migraine I just feel as you said, “kooky” and if you are under stress this could just be intensifying it. I totally understand what you are feeling~.

  • Antoinette Stanko
    8 years ago

    Been there, done that, doing it now at 3:28 am when my alarm goes off at 5:44am! Not everyone knows the odd symptoms! Thx! Hugs!

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