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Light headed for days after severe migraine

Hi all,

New to forum after trying to find answers.

So, I'm a 50yr old male who suffered with migraines when I was a kid. Still get the occasional one but not often, maybe one every year.

Two weeks ago, I had a real bad one behind my right eye that lasted 3-4 hours. The next day was rough and the area felt sensitive and I felt quite light headed. The light headedness was quite bad for 3 days and slowly got better. Now, I'm still getting instances of light headedness but not as bad as it was. Worse in the morning and wears off from the afternoon.

I've never had this with a migraine before and wondered if the light headedness is something that can stick around for days after? Has anyone experienced anything like this before?

As an FYI, I recently had a CT scan to do with another issue and that came back fine.

Any shared comments appreciated.

  1. Welcome to the community - we're glad you found us. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. While we wait for others to share their story with you, here are my thoughts.
    It's not uncommon for our migraine patterns and symptoms to change over time. The thing is when this happens, it's important to let the doctor know so he/she can make sure everything checks out OK.
    Please keep me posted! Wishing you a low pain day, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for the reply.

      To add to the story, the migraine was 2 weeks ago and I've since been prescribed with Ramipril for high BP (separate issue). I've only been on these for a week (low dosage of 2.5mg per day). So I've had a week of light headedness without the BP pills, and a week with light headedness with the BP pills.

      I had a consult with a Dr today and he said that a migraine behind the eye is benign activity. Didn't really say anything about it causing light headedness, but said that ramipril can cause light headedness once started and could last for a while until the body gets used to it.

      I'm not so convinced it's just meds as it started after the migraine when I wasn't even taking the BP pills. I mean, it could be a coincidence that I've experienced 2 instances of light headedness due to 2 separate things.. thoughts?

      1. Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us! I am sorry that you are facing changes in your health.
        I will say that I know individuals who had to stop taking a bp medication because it was causing migraines. Once they discontinued the medication, their migraine pain resolved itself.
        I am a firm believer in advocating for yourself. If you do not feel like the doctor is taking your complaints seriously enough, maybe you need to see another doctor for a second opinion. Remember, doctors work for you not the other way around. Best wishes - Amanda W (team member)

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