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Still getting migraines over ten years after concussion

Hi Everyone,

So I have been getting what have been diagnosed by a neurologist (only last year!) as silent migraines ever since I suffered a concussion when I was seventeen. I am now 32.

I never sought treatment after the concussion, and I am not sure if that has something to do with it. The doctor would not speak of a possible link between the two, even though I know for a fact this started after the concussion.

There are times when I will be sick for three or four days in a row. My body aches everywhere, sensitivity of all senses, nausea, frequent urination, the whole lot except acute pain in head. The worst part for me, however, is how I cannot form a clear thought in my head. It is like my brain is jumbled, and I will often say the wrong word or be unable to finish my thoughts. On days when my head is clear, I am mentally sharp and feel like a normal human being. It is so hard because in life we are expected to perform consistently, and nobody understands if you tell them you are acting different because of a migraine. So, I have to try and hide how I feel, even though it is hard when one of my eyes is drooping and my face is as white as a ghost. 🙁 Thank goodness for makeup...

The doctor prescribed me an antidepressant to help, but I am not keen on taking them long term. However, I am getting these episodes weekly. There are times where I go a while without being sick (precious rare times), but weekly episodes have been what I've been dealing with for years.

So, I guess my question here is if anyone here has found any relief outside of the merry-go-round of prescription meds? I have tried avoiding certain foods and the like, with no success. I don't know if this is just something I am going to have to deal with forever, or if there is any way that I can take control of this situation without depending on meds which I inevitably build a tolerance to which results in having to try a new med, and so on.

Thank you if you read this far into my desperate rant. <3

  1. Hi BudgieLover,

    Thank you so much for reaching out with your question and for being part of our community here! I'm so sorry to hear what you've been experiencing - it can be so frustrating to keep trying relief methods that don't work for you. You're definitely not alone here!

    If you haven't seen these yet, I thought these articles may have some new ideas for relief that you may want to explore:

    https://migraine.com/blog/three-rounds-botox-may-necessary-get-relief/
    https://migraine.com/blog/pooping-as-migraine-relief-yes-i-said-it/
    https://migraine.com/blog/headache-camp/
    https://migraine.com/blog/headache-camp-round-2/
    https://migraine.com/blog/patient-perspectives-medical-marijuana/

    Please stop by and let us know how you're doing!

    Take care,
    -Christina (Migraine.com Team)

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