I am 62 and female and started getting migraine around 15 years of age. Originally the migraine was the classic, severe pain, vomiting etc type. After I had my 2 children in my mid 30s the migraines became less severe but more persistent. I discovered that I was also getting vestibular migraine which was diagnosed in my early 50s but I had been getting it for a few years to this point, it just hadn’t been named yet.
Since 2013 I started another symptom which I’m sure is a form of migraine but I can’t seem to find any information and so wondered if anyone else shares my experience.
In 2013 I was sitting quietly when I suddenly got a rush of saliva in my mouth which just wouldn’t stop. This is a daily problem for me and varies but never stops and it is very unpleasant as I am constantly aware of it and having to purposefully swallow to clear it. Sometimes it is so great I can barely speak. The constant swallowing makes my jaw and throat ache. Along with this, on a daily basis I have discomfort in my face. Sometimes just the left side and other days the entire face. This varies in intensity. It ranges from a dull to a severe ache. My eyes also ache most of the time too.
I have had the usual dentist checks, eye exams and seen a maxillofacial specialist. I have also had my sinuses checked. Nothing of any consequence to report on those fronts.
So does anyone else recognise these symptoms?
Any thoughts about how to proceed with a doctor? So far the opinion has been that it’s not life threatening so why worry. I wonder if they would be saying that if they had suffered this discomfort/pain on a daily basis for the last 10 years. Also as I already suffer from clinical depression I think that to say constant pain is not life threatening is a little shallow.
I have taken ibuprofen and naproxen but they don’t really make a difference. I have tried antihistamine for the saliva but that hasn’t made a difference. The only thing that ever helped was diazepam which I was prescribed for disc problems in my back. However, doctors in the U.K. won’t prescribe that. I have tried to indicate that I won’t become addicted as I still have diazepam left from that prescription back from 2019, but they won’t prescribe.
Any thoughts would be most welcome.
I also have ME and have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.