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Random throb in head

For the last month I have been getting a random light throb in the left side of my head. It doesn't really hurt but comes and goes day-to-day. Sometimes the throb occurs every few seconds and sometimes every couple of minutes. I have had hemiplegic migraines for about ten years. This throb is in the same spot that I get a ice-pick headache when I get a full-blown migraine attack. It seems to get worse if I eat a lot of sugar. Anybody else have something like this??

  1. , whenever we get new or unusual migraine symptoms that differ from our usual pattern, it is a good idea to report it to your doctor to rule out anything that might potentially be more serious. Did you get a chance to do that?

    I wish I could offer you feedback on what you are experiencing, but I haven't experienced anything quite like that myself. I hope you are able to figure out what is going on and how to make it stop, keep us posted on your progress! Warmly, Melanie (team member)

    1. I can't give medical advice for your own safety, but I'm wondering if you are experiencing migraine "shadows" -- when an attack feels like it's coming on but doesn't become full blown. Also, have you identified that sugar is a trigger for you in the past? Have you tried avoiding sugar to see if the throbbing stops? I'm curious to hear what you find out -- as Melanie said, it's always a good idea to check in with your doctor for new symptoms. Keep us posted! -Melissa, migraine.com team

      1. My wife made me go the ER after about 3 weeks. The ER doctor was also a migraine sufferer and prescribed me Sumatriptan, which has helped with two migraine attacks. They did a CT scan which came back fine. It's been about 5-6 weeks since the first throb now and it is getting a little more intense. I have an appt with my primary doc today to hopefully be referred to a neurologist/headache specialist. I have cut way back on my coffee and sugar intake. Thanks for the replies

        1. , I hope the appointment with the neurologist ends up being helpful to you. Keep us posted! Wishing you continued relief, Melanie (team member)

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