Does anyone else experience this?

For the last couple of years, since my kids were in elementary school, I have been getting these strange headaches. They come on very quickly and only last from a few seconds, to a few minutes. I first get a sensation at the base of the skull, followed by aching behind my eyes. Sometimes I feel nauseated too. At first they only lasted a second or two, but as time has gone by, the episodes seem to be lasting longer. I also will get a sweeping sensation out of the blue, of dizziness, with no additional symptoms at times. Does anyone else experience this?

In addition to these, I also have ocular migraines with no pain. These are completely separate from what I experience in the above episodes. I have had ocular migraines since my late 20’s.

I have only ever experienced 2 full blown migraines in my lifetime, where I had to go to bed due to the pain, light sensitivity, and nausea. However, I had tension headaches every single day during my entire high school years, and into my mid 20’s.

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  • Migraine in Albuquerque
    1 year ago

    I also wanted to say that every migraine we get is not exactly the same. There are patterns, but I sometimes get exactly what you are describing, and I call them “waves”. I’m never sure if they will pass quickly or will turn into a full fledged migraine. But just wanted to let you know it’s not just you. And I have major photophobia as well

  • Migraine in Albuquerque
    1 year ago

    Yes! It’s not all the time, but sometimes when I’m walking around my house I feel dizzy and is soon as I sense it, I grab for something, or lean up against the wall, and it passes. If I am in the hallway, I put both hands on either wall, and take some deep relaxing breaths’s until I feel better. Sometimes I have to laugh, because if someone saw me they would think I was drunk. Unfortunately these are side effects that some of us get, and once I knew it wasn’t serious and was directly related to migraine,I just try to laugh and I am thankful that it is happening at home and not in public! I also sometimes lose my balance for a moment. I don’t know about you, but it usually gives me a one or two second warning, and I can usually catch myself. It used to scare me, and now I just laugh, and find whatever I can to keep me from falling!

  • RobinfromCA
    1 year ago

    I’ve not had your exact symptoms either but I have had a sudden stabbing pain in my right eye. That is usually triggered by those horrid super bright, white/blue headlights they’re putting on cars these days. Nobody talked to a migraine sufferer before they allowed those on the road! You may want to journal where you are and what you’re doing each time one of those episodes happens. Maybe you’ll find a common trigger and let your neurologist know.

  • Ruth Swain
    1 year ago

    I haven’t heard your exact pain type described before. I actually thought you were going to say you had ice pick type pain, where it lasts for seconds on one part of your head, is very intense, kind of like a blood vessel is in spasm, then goes away. I’m so curious what your neurologist says about your new array of symptoms. I do get migraine induced vertigo, but it’s always a separate issue from my chronic migraines, (common, not classical with aura). I’ll just get out of bed, find myself dizzy, am surprised by this, then it last for a few hours and goes away. No sweeping sensation. I went to the ER the first time it happened as I’ve had chronic migraine for so many years, but never vertigo. Cat Scan= no changes. Diagnosis, “you have plain old vertigo”. uh yeah. I know the word. ER doc didn’t relate this to migraine at all. Neurologist said, “there’s so many symptoms, don’t go to the ER, you’re wasting your time.”

  • sersk
    1 year ago

    I too get ocular migraine ( very often) with no pain. Altthough many years ago I had many dreadfully painful migraines. Also the feeling of dizziness out of the blue. Several episodes while driving. This past year, on three occasions, I experienced double vision for several seconds. Went to neurologist but they could find no reason for it.

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