Lifetime of migraines

I’ve had migraines since I was 8 years old (I’m 51 now) in varying degrees. The most unusual pre-curser I have is “ear worms”. I wonder if anyone else experiences this. I get a song stuck in my head before nearly every migraine. I’ve tried many different remedies for migraines including vitamins, herbal remedies, massage therapy, Botox injections, and acupuncture. The only thing that seems to work for me is medication. I’ve been a patient of MHNI in Ann Arbor for 6 years. They have me on 3 preventatives that work pretty well. I finally am beginning to have less headaches due to hormone changes. I’m hoping at some point to be able to get off the meds as I get older. MHNI is a wonderful facility and the doctors there are very helpful. I recommend them highly.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Sheri,
    Since you are a patient of MHNI, I highly encourage you to share your experience as a patient in our Forums Section about MHNI:
    http://migraine.com/topic/michigan-head-pain-and-neurological-institute-chelsea-inpatient-program/

    Many readers are curious about what their program and a first-hand experience could help many.

    On your question about earworms, I do have some information. Famed neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote a book called “Musicophilia” where he discusses earworms and the science behind it. He also recounts patients who experience earworms before a neurological event. So you are not alone. Here are some articles referencing his work, which I find fascinating. The articles are great, but I recommend reading the book too.

    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120411-why-do-songs-stick-in-our-heads

    http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/anatomy-of-an-earworm

    Best Wishes,
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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