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Changing Times

My first migraine started when I was 24. I got the aura and actually thought I was going blind! Then I got the horrible headache and my life with migraines began. I am now 61 and they haven’t gotten any less over time, but have changed some.

I have almost always experienced the aura before the headache. About seven years ago I began to experience a “complex” migraine where I had cognitive issues for about 30 minutes after the aura and before the headache. This changed my migraines completely.

Now, I am experiencing another change. About six weeks ago, I started to experience tingling in my face, jaw and arms before the headache. I have been through the mill with testing with the cardiologist and neurologist. MRI, stress test and echocardiogram came back normal. Have follow up visits with both doctors in the next ten days. Not sure what next steps are – its a day at a time.

The tingling in my face, jaw and arm were somewhat alarming – thought at first I might be having a stroke – but all signs have pointed now to migraine.

I always heard migraines got fewer as you got older — guess not for everyone, huh!!

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Peggy,

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. Occasionally my I will experience tingling in my face before a migraine, although it doesn’t happen often. I wish I could say it were true that migraines will dissipate as we grow older, but I’m sorry to say that just isn’t the case. Migraine patterns can change as we age.

    How are you doing with trigger identification and management? That is a major component of a good migraine management plan. Once we have identified our triggers, we can try and avoid them in hopes of reducing our attacks. Let me give you some information about triggers;
    I hope to hear more from you,

  • brianne
    6 years ago

    I get tingling in my face, on my left side, but it can be sporadic. I haven’t noticed that it’s before a migraine necessarily. I was diagnosed with migraines back in 2004 and they are always on my left side. When I told my doctor about my “face tingles” she said it was probably nerve damage from all the migraines I’ve had. I’m currently on a preventive (Topiramate) and I get anywhere from 2-6 migraines a month that last anywhere from 1-4 days (which is an improvement). The tingling feels like a stray hair on my face or a spider on walking on it… kind of a nuisance but nothing compared to a migraine!

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi brianne,
    Thank you for sharing with us too! That is a great way to describe facial tingling, although I really hate spiders!

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