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Migraine back to back

So this happened to me today and yesterday. But yesterday I was sitting in my house at night when all of a sudden I started getting the aura in my eye which I knew meant migraine. I did my usual procedure of taking a shower and putting an ice pack on my head, I realized eventually that it was best to just go ahead and go to bed. But when I climbed in bed I noticed that a second aura was forming in my eye, I got nervous because having two back to back rarely happens. But the migraine headache that followed was the first of its kind that I've gotten. It was a headache on just the left side of my head which hasn't happened to me before. I have had ones on just the right side of my head, but never on the left and this one was. The pain that followed was immense and it even caused me to throw up.

Flash forward to last night when I go to bed and everything is fine. I wake up this morning with a right sided migraine headache that came out of nowhere. I believe the aura happened when I was sleeping because once I woke up I was already feeling pain. This one was also quite painful but not as painful as the one I had the night before. I almost threw up because of this one but luckily I didn't. Now I'm getting worried about these because of not only the frequency, because Ive had three in the last two days, but also the new left-sided headache which I haven't experienced before. Any advice? (Also sorry for the paragraph if you made it this far 😁)

  1. Hi - Thanks for posting! It sounds like you had two pretty major migraines back to back 🙁. If you feel like your migraines are changing, and you're concerned about it, I would encourage you to reach out to your treatment team who treats your migraines. Whether that is giving your neurologist (if you have one) a call, or sending them a message on your patient portal to let them know your migraines have changed, it might be helpful to let them know if you're concerned.

    You know yourself and your body best, and I think only you would know whether it's best to wait and gather more information about what's going on, or if you should check in with them.

    I hope that you return to your baseline soon! Please do keep us in the loop on how you're doing. It can be such a struggle to cope with migraine at times, and I wish that it wouldn't flare up at times like it sometimes does.

    - Cody (Team Member)

    1. thanks so much for the response!! I appreciate it! And I have reached out to my doctor and they’ve opted to give me a stronger prescription medicine than the one I current have. It seems as of right now I’ve returned to baseline, I just hope I can stay that way!!

  2. Thank you for reaching out and sharing your journey with us. I hear how frustrating it is to have migraine that is so debilitating. Like you I tend to vomit when my pain levels are very high.

    Having said that, here's the thing - when we have new and/or different migraine symptoms or patterns, it's always a good idea to let the doctor know so he/she can make sure everything checks out OK. I hope today is a better day and please keep us posted! Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    1. thank you for the kind response! I did fortunately reach out to my doctor and he has chosen to give me a stronger prescription than what I currently have! I’m hoping it’ll do the trick.

      I see you also said you vomit with the pain. I just was curious, because I’ve never really really run into anyone who also vomits because of migraines and I wanted to ask, do you think it’s the pain that causes it or something else? Because I’ve always chalked it up to the pain because that just felt like that’s what it was in the moment but I’ve never had the chance to talk about it with someone else. Thanks again for the response!

    2. Good to hear you spoke with your doctor. Nausea and vomiting are common (I'm sorry to say) migraine attack symptoms. We may also experience something called gastric stasis, which is delayed stomach emptying. This articles explains things in more detail;
      Thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated!!
      I look forward to hearing more from you! Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

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