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One Day

One day out of the blue I began vomiting and then the neck and head pain. I’d never heard of migraines. I had just returned from Vietnam three months prior. I was given some as prime at sick call and called lazy by my platoon sergeant.

After discharge new problems began happening with my now frequent headaches. Blured vision and auras but the worst was the nausea and the burning, throbbing in my head. Bright lights and loud noise brought them on at anytime anywhere. My family ,friend and doctors didn’t understand. Much later I was diagnosed with PTSD and migraines but even with medication bright lights like the sun and flood lights or indoor lights brighter than 60 watts give me problems.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Kerry,
    Thanks for your service and for sharing your story. Studies have shown that PTSD and Migraines have a connection. Those with PTSD are more likely to suffer from Migraines. Here are two interesting articles that may help you:

    http://www.achenet.org/resources/abuse_post_traumatic_stress_disorder_and_migraine/

    http://www.headachemag.org/Articles/Lifestyle/Migraine-and-PTSD-in-the-Military

    It also seems that you understand your triggers, especially the bright lights. If you don’t feel your doctor is giving you the best treatment, try to find a Headache Specialist. This is a neurologist who has specific training in the over 300 headache disorders. They are the best equipped to help you find the right combo of meds for you. But it can take a long trial and error period, which can be frustrating.
    Here’s more info on Headache Specialists:
    http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/

    Best Wishes!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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