Life Change

I'm a 27 year old woman who started suffering from migraines around age 18. While I was in college, my migraine episodes escalated until I was regularly suffering from 1-2 day migraines at least twice a month. My symptoms included, and still do, migraine aura, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, fever, nausea, sensitivity to light/sound, one sided head pain, and occasional numbness .

After visiting a neurologist finally around age 20, I was put on Relpax and began to at least manage my symptoms. However, I took the medication daily and still felt the onset of my migraine aura at least once a month. Severity and duration of the migraines improved, but I had hoped for more.

When I was 22, for reasons unassociated with my health, I decided to move to the Caribbean for 6-8 months. Within 2 months of the move, my migraines had all but vanished. Stress was always my main trigger, so I attributed the decrease in episodes to the fact that my life was pretty relaxed. I would be lying to say that this startling decrease in migraines didn't influence my decision to stay in the islands. I've been here almost 6 years now, and for the most part don't suffer from migraines more than 4 or 5 times a year, without prescription medication. Clearly, such a drastic lifestyle change is not an option for everyone, nor would it work for everyone, but thus far it seems to have made an incredible difference to me.

All of this being said, I had an accident recently in which I hit my head - I got four staples to close up the gash, and suffered a concussion. The PA in the emergency room didn't have a whole lot to contribute when I mentioned that I suffer from migraines, so I was worried about what the lingering effects might be. In the 8 weeks since the accident, I've had two migraines, one mild and one, most recently, the most severe I've had in a long time, lasting for a couple of days.

Has anyone had any experience with concussions/migraines? Any idea what I can expect?


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