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Head injury

How many got their migraine headaches from a head injury? I got hit with a double whammy, both my parents had migraine headaches so I was lucky enough to have that passed on but I was also hit in the back of the head with an axe at the age of 10. The axe blow was an accident but that us when my life with migraine headaches really started. Because of that and being misdiagnosed for years most typical meds do nothing. Just wondering if others have the same experience and have you found anything that's helps you?

  1. Hi there. I'm glad you found us. WhiIe I personally don't have that experience, I know that many of our members here developed migraine after an accident or other traumatic brain injury, including some people on our staff that I'm sure will chime in when they get a chance.


    As far as things that help, it's really impossible for us to say because each person's body is so unique and responds differently to medications. It's all about finding the right combination of tools that work best for you. I'm sure that you've tried so many at this point, are you working with a migraine specialist? Not every neurologist is an expert in migraine, so we try to encourage that whenever possible. If you haven't considered it already, maybe you could try massage, chiropractic care, physical therapy or a nerve stimulating device like Cefaly or Nirivio. All of those are non-pharmaceutical options. We see mixed reviews about the newest medications, Aimovig, Emgality and Ajovy, but those that have success say that it's been a huge help for them.


    Let us know if you want more information about any of these topics. We have so much information here on the site and many helpful articles we'd be happy to pull up for you! We definitely understand what you're going through and hope you can find support here. Take care! -Melissa, migraine.com team


    1. Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story with us. has given you wonderful information I'm going to piggy back off.
      First let me say, don't lose hope! There are over 100 medications, suppelements, devices, complementary therapies and lifestyle modifications that can be used to treat migraine and most of us use a combination of them, I sure do.
      I sustained a head injury almost 26 years ago which triggered long lasting migraine problems. It's not that a head injury causes migraine, (migraine is a neurological disease) rather it can make migraine more difficult to manage, it sure has been for me.
      The best thing I've found is seeing a doctor who is a true expert in treating migraine and headache. These expert doctors are board certified in headache medicine. The thing is not every general neurologist has this certification. These doctors have had a wonderful impact in my care. Let me share information with you here; https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/
      https://migraine.com/blog/seeing-a-board-certified-headache-specialist/
      https://migraine.com/living-migraine/change-thoughts-new-care/
      https://headaches.org/resources/healthcare-provider-finder/
      I truly understand how difficult it is to live with daily pain and want to let you know you're not alone, we're here for you! Will you keep us posted on how you are doing? Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Migraine.com Team

      1. I had a really good specialist who postponed his retirement when he took me on as a patient. He was the migraine specialist of the nw. Unfortunately he was unable to help and we tried many different treatments even ones that weren't yet approved. So I'm no stranger to doing what the doctors have said and been their guinea pig for decades. I was just wondering if others have found relief in other ways. Like I've found meditation to help but that's only for the stress induced migraine headaches.
        Thank you

        1. thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us. Having a doctor postpone retirement to continue trying to help you is a rare blessing. I'm sorry your treatment attempts have not helped you more. My husband practices meditation daily to help with stress, insomnia, and depression. He finds it helpful. Biofeedback is another tool he uses to help relax tension in his face, neck, shoulders, and back. He goes back periodically to meet with that doctor to ensure he gets the most benefit from that type of therapy. He has also tried acupuncture, various CDB products, and specialized chiropractic. He has only found lasting benefits from chiropractic. The CGRP class of drugs has helped him as well. He continues to take Emgality monthly and uses Nurtec ODT as an abortive. A Nerivio device also adds a layer of relief to his varied combination therapy regimen. If any of these things interest you, please let me know, and I will get you some resources about them. Migraine is very individualistic, so finding the key for our lock can take some time. You've been treating for years, so you understand it's a marathon, not a sprint, lol! Warmly, Cheryl migraine.com team

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