I joined Migraine.com relieved to find out I am not alone. I have chronic migraines, complex migraines, and cluster headaches and cluster migraines. I started with a menstrual migraine at age 13. Like clock work a week before it hit. I was able to deal with them by taking a simple excedrin migraine. YES..IT WORKED. This was my story until January 25th, 2011. I woke up with a migraine. I functioned with it until March 13th, 2011. I had a TIA. I have had a migraine EVERYDAY since.
The neurologists I've seen call it a "functioning migraine". The diagnosis has been based on the intense flare ups. My migraines mimic strokes now, numbness, tingling, confusion, slurred speech, eye pain (clusters), drooping face, body pain (from nerves), lack of comprehension, swollen tongue, lost of vision,etc.., I could go on and on. It so frustrating because I can't work and like so many others, I feel my normalcy has ended. We have tried everything which has caused PVC's. I'm now working with a cardiologist to fix this new heart problem. The new neurologist stopped the BOTOX, advised if new medicine doesn't work, I will be sent to a Headache Clinic. I am ready for relief. January will mark 4yrs of CHRONIC DAILY PAIN.
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