My migraines are so bad even my hair hurts

Scalp & hair pain

I sometimes feel extra sensitive on my scalp when I’m having a Migraine; without a doubt, I am a girl who can’t stand to have a regular ponytail in for more than a few minutes because of the aches that come as a result. During and right after a Migraine, I’ve been known to feel scalp pain.

But this is different. All day the crown of my head has ached as if I had a ponytail pulling on it–but I hadn’t put my hair up at all when the pain started. The pain is all around the roots of my hair and is exacerbated by my pressing on my ultra-sensitive scalp. It’s truly a strange sensation, especially since, as I’ve said, I didn’t have a ponytail in, nor am I having a Migraine.

 

A cursory Google search gave me some leads when I looked up “scalp pain” and “hair pain,” but I’m doubting I have the ailments (other than Migraine) mentioned as possible reasons for scalp pain.

This post is mainly for myself in the case this continues–it’d be nice to be able to tell my neurologist when it started and how it felt.

Does anyone here feel this same sensation sometimes?

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  • julesinrose
    10 months ago

    Hi. I’ve been in agony with shingles on my forehead, eye, temple and scalp. On top of that, I have migraine. I’ve always had a sensitive scalp, but it’s been weeks now that even the slightest movement of my hair has been excruciating. I googled and googled and found very little about it! My hubby found this article and he told me about it. Why did he look? Because I asked him to shave my head. I was sure it would help. Well, he wasn’t convinced, but I begged him to do it and guess what? I am in SO much less pain. Do I look great? Nope! But, hey, I’ve lost my hair to chemo and this pain is worse than going through chemo. I can wear a scarf over my head and I’m amazed that it’s even possible to wear a scarf. I do believe not having any hair has decreased swelling in the hair follicles. I feel so much better. So, if you are really suffering, just go for it. May we all feel better!!!

  • Sandy
    4 years ago

    thank you for this article. i know it is old, but i just found it. i have this problem, but i have it all the time, every day, not just when having migraine. never knew it was a medical problem until recently. started when i was in 7th grade (pony tails and long hair hurt). i am 41 and stopped wearing pony tails or up hair in my 20’s. stopped wearing long hair in my 30’s. stopped brushing or touching my head in my 30’s. shower hurts all the time. pillow hurts all the time. diagnosised with sleep apnea about 8 years ago so have to wear mask nightly that hurts that feels like vice grips on head. can not put anything on head to help not even hands to massage that all hurts. mixed feelings sometimes pins and needles sometimes tightness, pulling feeling, sometimes worms crawling feeling. mostly all over my head. sometimes pain in one place. i think coming from scalp more than hair. feel it in hair bc hair is touched more than scalp. recently diagnosed with paresthesia of the scalp and put on muscle relax. too soon to tell.

  • Silergrace
    4 years ago

    I also have scalp pain. I usually get my migraines in the same area; therefore, that area is extremely sensitive. I explain it to my doctor like it is a baby’s scalp with a “soft” spot. I try not to touch it. I can almost draw him a circle around the area. I’ve suffered from migraines for about 25 years. I guess time has taken its toll.

  • Lyn
    5 years ago

    I too have had the top of my head hurt to the touch and sensitivity to my hair. I thought it was something weird that was happening to me. It is a relief to know that others experience this also. It occurs when I don’t have migraine pain and also when I do. My doctor explained it as another example of a migraine without pain.

  • peeperview
    5 years ago

    I have often complained that my scalp and hair hurts. Many times it’s the crown and back of my head.On the crown of my head several bumps will also be present. Aside from the pain the bumps have freaked me out. I can’t imagine what that is. ** On another note: I’ve never blogged before. How do I know if anyone ever replies to what I’ve posted? How will I even know if anyone answers This? Is what I’m doing right now called blogging? Or just annoying? Sorry #behindthetimes

  • mygrainetoo
    5 years ago

    Hi, peeprview!

    Welcome! When someone responds directly to your comment as I am, you should receive an email.

    As to the scalp pain, I have a bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables in my freezer that I hold on the crown of my head when the pain gets really bad toward the end of a multi-day migraine. I can usually do a slow massage with the frozen vegetables within 10 minutes and it really helps.

    I am getting relief from Topamax as a prophylactic and Fioricet for emergencies and have not had a full blown out of control migraine for a whole month now – only a short, relatively light one when I had a little lemonade that was really a lemon drink made of drink mix with phenylalanines in it.

  • laalaa81
    5 years ago

    I also suffer from an extremely sensitive scalp with a flare up to the point of crying when I brush my hair, or unable to lie down because of the pressure. I’ve had 2 botox treatments and found that helps with the hair pulling sensation, it only lasts around 6 weeks instead of 3 months but some relief is better than none. When the botox has run its course I’ve found putting my hair in a loose side plait is the best way to keep my hair out of my face without exacerbating the sensitivity.

  • mattparker
    5 years ago

    I get scalp and hair pain all the time. It is usually my indicator that a migraine is ready to explode. I want to shave my hair off, but it doesn’t help.

  • Devotedmom4
    5 years ago

    Yes me too…what’s weird is that I actually know I’m going to get a migraine when my “hair starts to hurt” and sure enough within 24 hours it hits me. I didn’t start getting migraines until after I had my first child.

  • Tracy Grant
    5 years ago

    Yes i have had that just lately. Like your hair has been in a pony tail. I think maybe it sleeping in the same position without much movement for an extended time, as one side I lie on is better than the other when migraine in full swing. This changes the position of the hair like a ponytail does, and it can cause this pain.

  • Robin Gayle
    5 years ago

    I too get pain from my hair…. It often feels as though I’ve had my hair up in a pony tail 4 days yet I haven’t had it up at all. Didn’t realize others experience the same thing…. Thought maybe I just had an extra sensitive scalp n hair. Sometimes it hurts just to put my hands through my hair…. Frustrating especially with all the other aches n pains that come along with being a chronic migraine sufferer. I yet have found anything to help other than a very gentle massage to my scalp which can give some relief. The more of these blogs n posts others who suffer like I do makes me feel less alone in this horrible battle I’m fighting with my migraines… Thank to everyone else who posts their daily struggles!

  • Kim
    5 years ago

    Yes, my hair hurts before and during a migraine and even sometimes with no other migraine symptoms. My neurologist confirmed that many of his patients describe the same or similar pain associated with migraines.

  • Terri Staples
    5 years ago

    I often describe the feeling after a migraine of my hair hurting. It hurts to lay down on a pillow or to even comb or brush it. I often have to stand in the shower and just let warm water run over my head for a while to help relieve the pain.

  • Alice Canby
    5 years ago

    when i start 2 get my migraines at time it feels like some 1 is literally pulling my hair

  • mattparker
    5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing I love to read your articles. I almost always have my scalp go numb or pins and needels when a migraine comes on. And like today Im on day 13 and every hair on head, neck and chest hurts, and does for days after migraine is gone

  • tabid
    5 years ago

    Oh my yes. I rarely wear a ponytail as that inevitably leads to a migraine. I have told my docs that my hair hurts at times – usually just glossed over and move along the path to the next problem.

  • Deannay
    5 years ago

    Oh YES,YES!! My scalp and hair hurt so much of the time. Sometimes it is a precursor to a migraine and sometimes it is during or after. I have told so many neurologists that my “hair hurts” and they give me a blank stare. It feels like someone has hung you by your hair. You cannot bear to brush or wash your hair. You definitely are not alone. I have had migraines for nearly 40 years. I have tried just about every medication there is. I had occipital nerve surgery, which actually made my nerve pain in my head worse. I now get botox injections every 3 months (not fun). It helps but nothing completely stops the migraines. People ask me, “Do you have a headache?” I tell them my head ALWAYS hurts, it’s just a matter of what degree.

  • Stacey McCarthy
    5 years ago

    Yes, wearing a hat or not washing my hair will trigger migraine. Such a weird trigger. There are areas where my scalp is so tender to the touch it feels almost like a smooth button has popped out that only I can feel. I do irritate these further by rubbing them and sometimes will see dry red spots on my scalp. I know when “buttons” pop out on the migraine side of my head that my migraine is coming. Kind of like a turkey thermometer only I can feel. I have to wash my hair every day and limit cap wearing though I used to be a hat person. My hair is thin and always looks shitty. When my hair is dyed, sometimes these buttons will get dyed too. Bizarre. After a migraine is over my head feels bruised.

  • 5 years ago

    Yes – You are definitely not alone!! It feels like you have a severe case of the flu, but its only your scalp/hair that hurts.

  • simplygourdjus
    5 years ago

    YES! YES! YES! All the time for me! I consider myself “lucky” if I can brush my hair. Being able to Wash it & Brush it??,, is a great day.

  • Siotha Vest
    5 years ago

    yes. I knew i was in trouble when I had to tell my hair stylist my scalp hurts be gentle. The only thing that botox seems to help is the scalp pain! eek.

  • Byron-morgan
    6 years ago

    Yep, I don’t know how many times i’ve had somebody look at me like i was nuts because i said “even my hair hurts”

  • Ang44
    6 years ago

    My scalp is always sensitive on the side of my migraines. No one is allowed to touch my head or hair. Glad it isn’t just me but sorry that others feel this pain.
    Ang44

  • Mary Roger
    6 years ago

    Mine is so bad, I have shaved my head down to a buzz cut and still have problems. I found that sometimes applying an icebag may help, but not always. There is no cure for this, nor is there any help. My doctor looks at me like I am crazy, but she also understands that I do complain needlessly about things. I pray that we all find some relief soon.

  • Purplelady63
    6 years ago

    Yes, I too have experience this. To be honest although it has been quite bothersome at times, my hair is long to mid back and just the brushing of my hair hurts, thanks for the info – at least I am not going crazy

  • wifey
    7 years ago

    Yes, I too have experience this. To be honest although it has been quite bothersome at times, I have never given much thought to it until you brought it up. But, yes! Yes, I have experienced this for years!! Just about exactly how you describe it!

  • simplygourdjus
    7 years ago

    Since having 3 occipital nerve blocks, i can barely brush much hair. Sometimes the water from the shower head will hurt. When people ask, “how’s your head today?”….I tell them, if my hair is brushed, its a good day.

  • Kristen Newman
    7 years ago

    My scalp is extra sensitive usually after a major migraine episode.

  • Kristen Newman
    7 years ago

    Just this morning it hurt to touch my hair and was very painful to brush my hair.

  • Linda Barham Nabors
    7 years ago

    I have this condition “Big Time”. I believe it is called Allodynia. I have cut my hair short which helps me to rub most of the soreness out. Most of the time washing my hair and massaging my scalp helps, bu there are those days. It can be so painful that tears come as you massage, but the relief to me it worth it. Mine has gotten worse with age also. I had a tender head as a child when my Mom would put up my hair. Most of the time this happens after a migraine, but can happen on other days, also. You are not alone.

  • Tina Heckmann
    7 years ago

    I just get the pain in the crown of my hair, and my scalp feels as if I’ve been pulled around all day by my hair, is weird. I don’t have headaches thank god, I used to get them so bad I couldn’t function but haven’t gotten them in the last few years.

  • Rezarta Rezi
    7 years ago

    I’m not alone , ok a little bit relief..

  • Jamie Mathena Eich
    7 years ago

    I also have this problem. I have an ice pack on my head right now because my head has hurt all day. It’s been going on for at least a year. I also get menstral Migraines. I get them every month and they last for 5 days. I am going to start a journal to see if the two things appear to be related.

  • Christina Imbronone- Rhodes
    7 years ago

    I am having this problem right now and have been for the last few days! Text my friend who is a hair stylist to ask her what she thinks. She too is a migraine suffer so she too thinks it is migraine related. I have had a headache on and off the last week but it hurts after and it is that ponytail bruised feeling not actual migraine pain. it is more sore or an ache. OMG Sheree I say the same thing that my hair hurts.

  • Marquita Fuchs
    7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I have pain behind my ear.

  • Beth Lane
    7 years ago

    Does anyone here just have numbness and tingling with no pain? I get it all the time.. It drives me nuts and I sometimes freak out over it..

  • Migraine.com
    7 years ago

    Hi Beth, You can learn more about numbness/tingling as a symptom here: http://migraine.com/migraine-symptoms/numbness-tingling/ It is possible to experience acephalgic (or “silent”) migraine, where the attack will skip the headache phase. Here is information on acephalgic migraine: http://migraine.com/migraine-types/silent-migraine/

  • Beth Lane
    7 years ago

    Really Jesse? Do you get migraines? Do you get numbness and tingling or?

  • Jessee Boullion
    7 years ago

    I do. Quite often, not related to wearing it up, wigs me out. Pardon the pun.

  • Beth Lane
    7 years ago

    No I have a neurologist but it’s all on top of my head..

  • Staci N Josh McIntosh
    7 years ago

    Have you seena chiro?

  • Beth Guest
    7 years ago

    I have this as well. I am starting to attribute it to having heavy hair. Whenever I start to grow it out, the pain comes back. I am not sure if that is the reason, but it’s the only think I can come up with. Unfortunately, I am going to have to go back to short hair again soon because I can’t stand the pain.

  • Chris Jones
    7 years ago

    I’ve had this problem for about three days. It only hurts when I touch the top of my head, but then only the lightest touch causes surprising pain. Weird.

  • NawtiEe ShAikh
    7 years ago

    any treatment is derr 4 dis… bcuzz even I face it…. at the root of ma hairss.. how to stopp it?

  • Loreta Tiaw
    7 years ago

    Any solution for this kind of problem?

  • Loreta Tiaw
    7 years ago

    Hi, how have you been?

  • Nur Khadijah Ali
    7 years ago

    missssssssssssssssss…………..i mis u very2 much!!!!!!mmuah !!<3

  • Loreta Tiaw
    7 years ago

    I am also having this problem. It’s terribly painful until I can’t focus on my job.

  • Chris Sie
    7 years ago

    Yeah…I think to most women….

  • Max Chee
    7 years ago

    I am too having a sculp pain followed by a mild migraine.

  • Jennifer Mccabe Velasquez
    7 years ago

    I started feeling this pain on the top of my head yesterday. I discovered it when I touched the top of my head and it hurt to touch it. I felt like I had either been hit on the head or had my hair in a tight ponytail all day. I still have it some today. I don’t have an intense headache just occasonal throbbing or the feeling of stining in the top of my head. yesterday my forehead did feel tingly and numb and the back of my neck hurt. would like to know what this is as I have never had any kind of migraine.

  • Migraine.com
    7 years ago

    Jennifer-Only a doctor can provide a diagnosis after a thorough evaluation. It is VERY important to discuss any new symptoms you experience with your physician to ensure they are not caused by another underlying condition! You can take our online “migraine quiz” on the site (http://migraine.com/migraine-quiz/) but please discuss your symptoms with your physician asap.

  • Howard Kleinmann
    7 years ago

    what’s the treatment? I have the same problem.

  • Stephanie Byarlay Gabbert
    8 years ago

    I also cannot wear my hair up or it will cause a migraine. During migraine, it feels like someone has been pulling my hair, and my scalp is very tender to the touch.

  • Lauren McCafferty
    8 years ago

    Oh my goodness. Just done a google search for sore hair and this came up. I have had a migraine most of today and this is the exact sensation I am having!

  • Kimberly Rose
    8 years ago

    I used to dream that I had worms crawling around in my head due to the pain. I had to cut off my hair because the pain was just too bad.

  • Tonia Mcintosh
    8 years ago

    oh my I really thought I was the only one that felt that kind of sensation.I have dreads and I cant put my hair in ponytails or pin my hair up. my scalp hurts so badly and I don’t have a migraine, but if I try to keep it up I will give myself a migraine. I know that I am already tender headed, but the pain isn’t the same. And if I have a migraine the whole left side of my head is sore to the touch, it feels like someone literally has taken a baseball bat to my head, and my left eye feels like someone is trying to pry it out.

  • Kathy Spinks Shevlin
    8 years ago

    I have scalp and hair pain during and after a migraine. Don’t mess with my head because it hurts so…massaging the scalp hurts, brushing my hair hurts and after the migraine my scalp/hair just ache until it fades away.

  • Dawn Hudson
    8 years ago

    As I read your post, my crown is sensitive and at the roots. I am just discovering all the possibilities of an onset of a migraine and paying more attention, but today, as I was talking I noticed that some of my words were not coming out completely. This afternoon my head started. Thanks for post.

  • Yolanda Hunter Young
    8 years ago

    yes, I get it also with a migraine. I had always thought it was one of my many nasty side affects from Imtirex but then one day I had it when I had not taken any Imitrex.

  • Vickie Boone
    8 years ago

    I can’t stand even to push my sunglasses up on my head. Every hair hurts. But this sensitivity is all the time.

  • Ramapriya Sridharan
    7 years ago

    did you find out the reason for the scalp pain?i seem to have the same problem for the past one year….

  • Karen Klein Crow
    8 years ago

    I cannot keep my hair longer thant ears because of the severity of the scalp pain. I even have a difficult time wearing clips or pins in my hair to keep it off of my face.

  • Cathy Frost
    8 years ago

    I can feel this. Sometimes it can make getting a haircut very unbearable so I do not go very often. Seriously, how do you explain to a hairstylist whether it is someone from a $10 place or a full blown salon that “it hurts my head when you brush my hair”? They do not understand and will think you are weird. So, I avoid it unless I have too.

  • Ramapriya Sridharan
    7 years ago

    i just cut my hair and it felt like hell,everytime i tell my family my scalp hurts and i cant wear a pony tail for more than 5 minutes i get laughed at and looked at as if i am a lunatic,the only thing that goes on my hair is a head band,even that seems to hurt me now..iv’e no idea what to do

  • Cathy Frost
    8 years ago

    Thank you – actually I cut it over the weekend and Xavier fixed it. The coloring I always do myself. I promised to keep it one color for a while to give it a break (it get unhealthy especially with the blond highlights).

  • Amy Lord Baker
    8 years ago

    You have fun funky hair. You should cut it yourself! I’d prly look awesome!

  • Christy Epperson
    8 years ago

    It’s crazy since I started reading these how many people have the same problems that I have.I’ve just thought it was me.

  • Adam Overton
    8 years ago

    well eddie those know a few people.

  • Laureen Hanson
    8 years ago

    Yes! I also have Alopecia, and I always assimilated the scalp discomfort with the eventual hair loss from that area. When I have a lot of stress and migraines, my scalp around the crown area tightens, and in approximately 2-3 months will have a new bald spot.

  • Anna Hendrix Warren
    8 years ago

    I’ll have scalp pain AFTER wearing my hair in a ponytail or if my hair is dirty! Doesn’t only happen when I have a migraine. I can’t put ANYthing on my head during a migraine; hair accessory, wet cloth, glasses.

  • Sheree Roberts Chumney
    8 years ago

    You are not alone. I also have this. it is very painful and when I tell my family my hair hurts they think I am crazy. This is the onely way I know how to describe the pain though.

  • Lisa Whitehurst Marras
    8 years ago

    That is so sad, Maili is starting to get them and it breaks my heart- I feel like I passed them to her. I haven’t had a really bad one in a while and I feel like I’m always “on call” just waiting for one to come —-YUKKK!!!!!!

  • Sheree Roberts Chumney
    8 years ago

    Yes I have had them for years but seems like the older I get the worse they get. Terri has them too.

  • Lisa Whitehurst Marras
    8 years ago

    Do you have migraines? I have the same symptoms, I hate to see someone with a migraine and wouldn’t wish them on anyone.

  • Stacie Hallford Clark-Benson
    8 years ago

    I do as well…you’re not alone! I see that this is an old post. Did you ever see your neurologist about this? Would love to hear what he said.

  • Janet Geddis
    8 years ago

    I did talk to my physician at the Mind-Body Institute here in GA, and he formally diagnosed me with allodynia, which at least partly explains the scalp pain and other aches I have sometimes. Sometimes I get scalp pain in the absence of a migraine attack, but it’s not too common. Sorry to hear you deal with this too!

  • La Gata Salvaje
    8 years ago

    YES I DO….goodness I tell my daughters about it and they just look at me like I was crazy when I am explaining the horrible feeling in my scalp tender to the touch like someone just grabbed me through my hair and dragged me around for hours….even my hair bothers me.

  • Sally Garcia
    8 years ago

    Yes I do, it is so sensitive that I cant touch my head.

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    8 years ago

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  • ultra
    8 years ago

    I want to ask rain gem,, when you mention “we”in comment #10– who are you referring to—( don’t laugh– I think I’m part of “we” but I want to know who “we ” is )
    Thanks.

  • themigrainegirl
    9 years ago

    MM, if your condition is like mine (which it sounds like it is), I don't think it's psychological. I believe there's a physiological reason for it. Mine is attributable to allodynia (as diagnosed by my doctor) and is worse during and after a migraine attack. I hope you've found some relief. Self-massage definitely helps me.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I have this two at first I thought it was just
    me with this wierd scalp hurting thing the only wierd thing is that I don't have hair loss. I have very thin hair. I found out that if u massage the place where it is hurting lightly it takes the pain away for about 5-15 mins

  • MM
    9 years ago

    Hi all. I've had the same problem — my scalp hurts and it seems it gets better when my hair is shorter. I've always had sensitive scalp and I'm kind of used to it. I don't suffer any other diseases associated with hair pain. Sometiimes I find myself pulling at my hair and I realize how sensitive it is. I like massaging it, too.

    Do you think all this could have a psychological basis?

    Thanks in advance.

    MM

  • Jessica
    10 years ago

    I have had that too. Not pain so much, but just a strange sensation. At times I’ve had a numb spot or tingling somewhere on my scalp. Other times I’ve had a weird tightness/pain that actually feels better when I pull my hair in that spot, strangely enough.

    I’ve also had similar sensations on my face/nose, which is much weirder feeling. I have been assured these are all odd symptoms of migraines, just not as common.

  • themigrainegirl
    10 years ago

    JenJen,
    Check out the links the other readers (and bloggers!) left in the comments section. Many could be relevant! In my case, the doctor has diagnosed me with allodynia. The scalp pain is almost always there to some degree, but the surface area that’s painful is smaller than in months past and doesn’t seem to be acting up as much now that I’ve made some lifestyle changes. Fingers crossed!

  • JenJen
    10 years ago

    This is a new sensation for me, but you described it perfectly. I have searing pain at the crown of my head and every hair hurts. Some of you attributed this to a change in hairstyle or ponytails, but this is happening to me when my hair is down. This has never happened before and frankly, it worries me. I don’t believe it’s a migrane since I don’t have auras or get a full-blown headache. Only the hair/scalp hurt. Any ideas?

  • K-Joi Sudios
    10 years ago

    Hi! I have intractible migraine syndrome and have experienced sensitive scalp (like a pnytail pulling feeling) for years. It is very painful at times and I’ve not been able to figure it out. I’m glad to find others that experince the same thing and that I’m not crazy.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Hi,
    Thanks, you described the symtoms precisely, and made me feel better that I am not having some unusual pain. Yes, I have migraine from last couple of years. Although i never had attack of migraine, I feel the pain disturbing from my work. And recently I have started with this random pain in the skalp. Normally I have found taking steam relaxes me.. I think it does help in migraine, and doing Pranayam also helps. I dont take the continuous medicines for the pain but try to take care as not going into cold weather unless it can be avoided / covering myself etc.

  • Tracy
    10 years ago

    To answer your question, “Does anyone here feel this same sensation sometimes?” YEP

    It usually begins as one of the precursors to the onset of a migraine, but can linger for days after. I’ve had it for over 40 years now…thank god people are now talking about it.

    It began as a small area of my scalp and stayed limited to that area up until this pass year. Now it is nearly 40% of my scalp and includes my eyebrows. Sometimes my eyelashes too.

    As you might know by now, drugs don’t seem to help. To cope I actually do tie my hair up finding an appropriate tension just to keep my hair from moving. Sometimes a hat helps. Of course I look ridiculous but I don’t much care at that point. A bag of frozen peas is something to try. I was leery at first thinking the weight of the peas would only make things worse but I find that applying pressure with said bag of peas “works” sometimes for some relief, almost as if pushing hard against the pain is a better reliever than a light touch. I know it doesn’t make much sense but do migraines make sense anyway????

    Here’s another link for you about migraines and hair pain.

  • rain gem
    11 years ago

    Oh, my pleasure. I read (and write :P) so many articles on anything even remotely migraine-related, it’s not even funny…

    Still, have your doctor check you out for Allodynia. Also Fibromyalgia; this one is actually easy to check. But don’t let it bother you too much. Most likely it’s just our heightened sensitivity. We hear more, we smell more, we see more and, apparently, we are all “blonds” when it comes to tactile senses 😛 . As I mentioned before, I have the same thing as you described from time to time and it doesn’t develop into anything serious.

  • themigrainegirl
    11 years ago

    Rain: Thanks for the links! Unfortunately the first one doesn’t work for me. I gathered some info from your site, though, and was alarmed at first. Perhaps I still am.

    A few months ago, I finally did a search on the strange pain and sensitivity I felt from normal stimuli. My ribs often hurt and feel bruised at the bottoms; if I stroked my legs and sides lightly (but with some pressure) it felt as if they were covered in invisible bruises. But doing a search on this came up with nothing. I finally decided it might be a side effect of dehydration. That was my best guess.

    In any case, the pain I had doesn’t sound like the thorough descriptions of allodynia, but now I’m thinking I should mention it to my doctor next time.

    Thanks, thanks, thanks for the info!

  • rain gem
    11 years ago

    I came across an article related to the subject. I also made a little post about it.

  • Migraine Chick
    11 years ago

    This happens to me, too. It hurts to even touch my hair. I’ve given up wearing pony tails, etc, a long time ago.

  • Megan Oltman
    11 years ago

    Yep, Janet, I get this one too. I just got my hair cut short, after 3 years of extra long, becasue of it. for me the scalp pain is often part of post-drome but sometimes comes on its own. It’s better now with less weight on my head (and nothing to be tempted to put a ponytail in).
    – Megan

  • themigrainegirl
    11 years ago

    Thanks. That’s reassuring! 😉

  • rain gem
    11 years ago

    I have that from time to time. It comes and goes, doesn’t really amount to anything besides that “extra” uncomfortableness. It should go away in a day or two, hopefully.

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