Does anyone else wake up with migraine?

I suffer from migraines about 25 out of 30 days a month and usually wake up with them. I have severe stabbing pain in my right eye and severe pain around and above my eye. I can’t stand any light and feel nauseous, dizzy, and weak. They usually last up to 8 hours and then sometimes they come back.


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  • pigeongirl
    9 months ago

    it’s SO hard to sort triggers- the weather does various things that cause migraine for some of us, sometimes certain foods, or stress or hormones or changes in routines will bring the worst days. and there’s not much we can do about weather and hormones- i have to avoid certain foods that are otherwise normal or healthy because they cause me attacks- like dried fruit and some coconut products and juices that contain sodium metabisulfite preservatives! figuring that one out wasn’t easy or a happy day. i miss dried mango and even some dried ginger has the bad preservatives 🙁 and scents- the things some people use for laundry, cleaning and personal fragrance.
    not eating something before bed does it every time for me though.

  • AuroraPhoenix
    11 months ago

    I found that using one of the shaped pillows that had the dipped ridge down there middle of it helps a ton with this, at least for me. It takes all the weight and transaction off of my shoulder and neck, and kinda…. Decompresses?… My upper neck. Not sure what making it is, just know when I use that one, I don’t have the impending morning pressure inside my skull and with any of the others I do.

  • doxie
    12 months ago

    I have found over the years that my PIllow will give me a migraine, yes it sounds crazy I know. When I start waking up with a migraine I have a stiff neck also. I keep about 6 different pillows and find one will be fine for a few weeks, then I start getting them during the night and wake up with them. I will have to switch it out for another and no more headaches for a few weeks. So about every 3 or 4 weeks I have to rotate my inventory of pillows. My boyfriend thinks i’m nuts……. but it works for me. I have very expensive pillows to cheap ones from walmart. This is just one of my triggers for migraines, I also have found that wheat will give me a migraine within hours and strong perfumes will trigger them.

  • Grandma6-
    12 months ago

    I sleep on a memory foam pillow with a cooling pad, love it, perfect size for my neck. The smell of the memory foam gives me a headache. I have tried various things, outing outside overnight and during the day.HELP!!

  • catmom
    12 months ago

    Wow, i had to make an account just to answer this and im curious if anyone has had this: yes I have woken up w a migraine. More times than I care to count. I still get migraines but they are not as severe or often as before. At my worst, not only did i wake up with them, I would know I would wake up with one because I would be having a migraine in my dream! I would be doing something in a dream, and realize i had migraine in the dream, and then I would wake up with a horrible migraine. Anyone else have nightmare migraines?

  • Joleen1966
    12 months ago

    I often wake up with my head aching. My migraines do not migrate and are always left sided temple, eye. Sometimes the pain is so severe it does wake me up in the middle of the night. Hormones, caffeine, cpap machine — all have been tested and ruled out. I lost half of my weight no longer need a cpap, don’t have any caffeine, don’t take hormones… still don’t know why the chronic migraine plagues me. Yes, i’ve had them for about 40 years. I try to get enough rest and realize I can’t do everything I used to. Not because I’m older but because my chronic state of pain exhausts me.

    good luck!

  • Nadine132
    12 months ago

    My migraines usually wake me in the middle of the night of I wake up with them. Rarely do I get them during the day so I can ” catch” them to take my meds to fend them off.

  • Momwoneson
    12 months ago

    I’ve had migraines since 1990 (Chronically for the last 12+ years) and a large portion of them either woke me in the middle of the night or were first thing in the morning, but have been less in later years. My theories are controlling my hormones, preventative medications like Topomax and the thing that’s worked best of all Botox.

  • kimmersutphin
    12 months ago

    All the time. Nothing could help. Started katamine infusions they are really working

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    12 months ago

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  • KLKH
    12 months ago

    90% of my migraines are there when I wake up. Very few happen midday or in the evening.

  • pigeongirl
    12 months ago

    yes, some mornings my daughter and i wake with migraine too! and i used to most days. though in our case, it’s not usual any more, some mornings we wake not feeling too bad and migraine comes later in the day. i’ve actually found i’m less likely to wake up with migraine if i eat before bed- yikes!? sometimes i still do have the attack when i wake but less often, and i do find certain foods with proteins and fats right before sleep helps. weather and hormones can bring an attack anyways but we bedtime snack every night now and tend to have easier mornings overall. so i wonder if for us it was low blood sugar perhaps. and eating when the attack is already there? gimme a break- not with our violent nausea!

  • oliwankenobi
    12 months ago

    I don’t normally wake up with a migraine, but I wake up with a headache every day. It sometimes goes away after I eat breakfast and have a cup of coffee, but sometimes it just hangs on and later develops into a migraine. I’m not sure what the trigger in my case is.

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