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First post but long time reader

Hello Everyone, I am a 58 year young male who has had migraines since about 1984. At the most I would have one about every 2 months but most of the time only 2-3 a year. I get blind spots that slowly build up to aura with the jagged lines and colorful display for about 20-30 minutes. After I would get the extreme headache for about 6 hours. Always the same. I also have Multiple Sclerosis so that is probably the root cause but not known for sure. The last few years I don't get them often but I still got them 1 or 2 times a year. All the symptoms are the same but I no longer got the bad headaches. I have read in many places as we get older this can happen.

So for many years anytime I would get migraine I would get curious and try to find information about it. I would usually run into this page and read what you all have to say so I just want to say thank you and just reading some of the comments made me calm down after being a nervous wreck thinking what is going on.

I live in Idaho and about 3 weeks ago it started to get hot much earlier than years past. Also very dry and allergies got really bad. I have always been effected by seasonal allergies like grass and trees but rarely would get migraines from those as I would have minor symptoms of allergy. Also I don't deal with heat very well especially MS issues. But I always make it and never have any unusual instances of migraine. But 3 weeks ago I started getting silent migraines. Many days I would get one and one day I even had two. Then I would not have one for a day or two or three and then again two of three days in a row. I never had to take allergy meds before as I felt the allergies but it was never bad but this year red eyes that itch and watery, sneezing like crazy, itchy nose, etc... So I broke down and started using Flonase. I went 3 1/2 days of no migraines but today got them again. For a couple days I had minor allergy issues but today my eyes just started to itch again badly and watering eyes and not long after I got the migraine.

So with that I thought I would join you and see if I can learn something from all of you. I decided to start tracking all this to find out what is going on and find my triggers. I never really tracked it before because I was not getting them that often. I would just keep in the back of my mind what I may have ate or done to trigger it.

I am just wondering if there are anyone else that gets migraines from seasonal allergies? I know heat is also not good with me from having MS but I do good keeping my body temperature lower by using an MS ice vest, taking cold showers sitting in front of a fan, etc... So I doubt the heat is triggering it. I know histamine levels can trigger migraines as well so I am hoping this is what is happening and hopefully taking the meds after a few days will cut down on migraines.

Thanks for reading and I appreciate this community and hope I will be participating regularly.

Cheers!
Nobby

  1. @DocZoidberg - thanks so much for sharing some of your journey with us. Glad to hear you've found the community to be helpful. You covered a lot of important ground in your post so let me try to be sure to respond to each point.

    First, yes, you're right- migraine and our experience with it often evolves over time - from pain frequency/severity to related symptoms and to the side effects that accompany the medications we take.

    Second, heat is a very real heat trigger for many. We recently posted a video on this very topic regarding ways to address this challenge that you might find of interest here: https://migraine.com/video/heat-trigger-solutions and we have many other articles on the popular topic here for your perusal:https://migraine.com/search?s=heat%20triggers.

    Third, seasonal allergies can also be something that triggers or worsens migraine. Here are a few relevant resources on that front:
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/seasonal-fall-attack
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/which-came-first-allergies
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/allergies-more-than-inconvenience

    I hope you find these resources helpful as you continue making the incredible effort you are making to find answers as to why you are experiencing this uptick in attacks. We are here for you and in this with you as you continue along. Please let us know how we can best assist you and know we are thinking of you! Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team).

    1. I went through the video and articles you posted as well as many others. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction to get started. Nobby

    2. Of course! So glad you found those resources helpful, Nobby! Please let us know how else we may be of assistance to you. So glad you're with us. Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team).

  2. This is an interesting pat about the heat as I also think my migraines can occur due to barometric pressure . I did do gardening today in the heat of the day and didn’t drink water . I just wish I knew what was causing them . I’m enjoying reading peoples posts and at least I know I’m not on my own x

    1. You are certainly not alone. I am sorry you are part of the group of us having to deal with it. Thanks for the reply and I wish you the best in dealing with this. Cheers! Nobby

    2. Thanks for sharing, @SandraT. All the things you mentioned - barometric pressure, gardening, being out in the heat or the day, and being dehydrated/not drinking water - are all things that are known to trigger migraines. Staying hydrated is vital for a number of health issues. ~Liz, Moderator

  3. Thanks for replying . Do you find that once you have one migraine they come in clusters . I can go months without one and then I have several in a short time . Here’s to a better day everyone . I’m hoping to speak to my GP today but not sure how helpful they will be x

    1. I know a lot of people that are effected by barometric pressure but thankfully I am not one of them, knock on wood... I hope it is the allergens causing this because it takes a lot of worry about it all happening. When I don't know what I have or I don't know why it can make things very scary. When we know at least we can try to do something about it even if it is just a little help. Have a great day Holly and thanks again! Cheers! Nobby

    2. Indeed! Knowledge is power! How are you feeling today? Gaining any more information in the wake of the thunderstorm? Thinking of you. Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team).

  4. I had a telephone chat with my GP . Not a lot more you can get these days with Covid going on .
    I explained everything and wasn’t rushing to explain myself .
    He’s suggested a medication to take that may reduce the frequency and also my anxiety about getting another one . I’m normally very anti medication but I’m ready to try anything .
    We have a much cooler day here so hoping there’ll be no triggers from bright sunshine . Take care

    1. Thanks so much for letting us know how your appointment went. Good that you didn't feel rushed and were able to get everything addressed. And yes, migraine and its related symptoms can frequently make us dismiss strongly held beliefs regarding medications and lifestyle out of a desperate need for relief! If you'd like to share what medications your doctor recommended in order to hear any information or resources we may have on them, you are welcome to do so.


      Also, you mentioned that one of your triggers is bright sunshine so I wanted to pass along a couple of resources on the topic of light sensitivity and heat sensitivity in case they may be of use to you.
      https://migraine.com/video/secret-manage-light-sensitivity

      https://migraine.com/video/heat-trigger-solutions



      Glad you're with us. Please stay in touch. Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team).



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