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Migraine Triggers & Symptoms

My migraines started when I was a kid. (I’m 53 now) I would start getting dizzy and would end up with a headache that would make me throw up. Back then, you didn’t hear about migraines or at least in my family you didn’t. Whenever my mom made hot dogs, I’d get one. As I got older I would get them right before my period would start. When I breastfed my two daughters I got them a lot. Now my pattern is neck pain going into the back of my head then I get Vertigo. I have way more bowel movements than normal just prior to an attack. My eyes get extremely sensitive to light. I’ve been driving on the freeway and had the sun reflect on the car in front of me and BOOM I lose the vision in the middle of my right eye. The same thing can happen with a smell. Perfume, cigars, some flowers, and some foods will bring one on. I’ve tried many, many medications. The one that seems to help now is Imitrex Nasal Spray. I’ve taken the Imitrex pills and self given injections too. Does anyone else get Vertigo with their migraines?

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  • Sonpreet
    4 years ago

    Its just been 2 months that I know, I’m having these migraine attacks.
    I’m 25 years old and I didn’t knew about these symptoms were of migraine.

    I had this problem since I was about 15 or 16 Years.

    I’m sick of it.
    These headaches had increased twice every month. Doctor gave me prescription of provanol plus medicine. It consists of flunarizine. That’s why no chemist gives this medicine even if I take the prescription with me.

    Recently ,my throat has started aching at nights , and its difficult for neck movements.

    Should I stop taking this medicine. I don’t know what to do,because doctor prescribed it till 26th of November. For 2 months I have to continue this medicine as prescribed.

    I don’t get Tim to visit the doctor since I’m working 9am-6pm and doctor is available at nearby clinic only till 1pm.
    Headaches are not that often but throat problem bothers me a lot.
    Please any suggestions for medicine prescription.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hi Val-

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!

    You’re not alone in experiencing vertigo with migraine. While you may get more feedback from the community on personal experience, I thought these articles might be of interest: and

    Additionally, any time a person experiences new or worsening symptoms, we encourage them to let their doctor/specialist know about it as soon as possible.

    Lastly, I also thought these articles on neck pain might be interesting: and

    I hope these prove useful! Please do come by and let us know how you’re doing, any time!

    Jenn (Community Manager,

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