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Migraine Prodrome Congestion

Has anyone experienced a sudden head rush at the onset of migraine symptoms? My head and neck begin to feel congested then I get a wave of dizziness, feeling like a head rush like I might pass out. Has anyone experienced this?

I have suffered from migraine with aura for many years, and this is a new symptom for me. I use triptans and Ubrelvy for relief. This new symptom is producing anxiety, fear I may pass out. Changes in weather produce sudden symptoms for me, and I’m wondering if the extreme heat which has caused me to have so many consecutive migraine days coupled with anxiety has prompted this new symptom. Please help!

  1. Hi ,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question.

    Yes, it's certainly possible that changes in the weather can contribute to a migraine attack and the symptoms you described as well. Nasal congestion, dizziness, neck pain and more can all be clues that an attack is on the way.

    It's not uncommon for our migraine attack patterns and symptoms to change over time. The thing is when this happens, it's always a good idea to let the doctor know so he/she can make sure everything checks out OK.
    Please let me know how you make out,
    Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

    1. Thank you for your response. Although I have experienced all of the mentioned symptoms before, these new episodes feel more worrisome especially the feeling of headrush, almost like when the elevator drops. It feels like I may black out. I have also had vertigo, where the room is spinning, and this is more dizziness in my head. I’m seeing my Doctor to discuss.
      I was just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this!? Thank you, this website has provided so much comfort and valuable information over the years!

      1. I do have a milder form of that head rush. My migraines have changed in the last few years to migraine with aura without head pain or very mild pain. Sometimes this comes and goes part of each day for days. Then there are days without or days with other prodrome symptoms. Every day is a new experience. It's a real crazy maker.

    2. I was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease which is a sever form of vertigo. My ENT said it has an underline condition as well called vestibular migraines. I was diagnosed about 20 years ago with complex migraines apparently migraines change over time. I wish you the best.

      1. I also experience this. Presynoscope (feeling like you are going to pass out). And synoscope (actually fainting). I also get subjective and objective vertigo and two particular vertiginous symptoms I call “earthquake” and “rushed” because that is just what it feels like and I rock and sway as if it were and earthquake happening except it is just neurological dysfunction. With “rushed” I feel I am being propelled forward like on a moving sidewalk or in swift water or pushed from behind by someone. except I am standing still or even moving slowly.

        Talk with your doctor. There are medications and therapies specifically for fainting/dizziness/vertigo.

        Personally, if very mild, I find water, salt and sitting or lying down helpful.

        If worse sometimes ginger, dramamine, or meclizine will help.

        If severe, I find zofran helps. It’s primary use is for nausea but it also helps me with severe vertigo. When my vertigo and faint feeling are most severe lying down makes it worse and I can only lie down with my head much higher than my hips. Almost sitting, but I cannot sot or walk either as I will fall from the sensory distortion.

        Again talk with your doc to see what treatments may be best for you.

        Hugs. You are not alone. We are here with you.

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