Swollen eyes from my migraines

I have suffered from my chronic migraines for over 15 years now and I take various meds for them ranging from relpax and immitrex injection to narcotic nasal sprays and botox with no relief especially during my hormonal time of the month. During this time on the right side of my head and face where my attack is the worst my face swells and my eye completely shuts to the point where if I go to the hospital they think I’ve been abused. No one seems to know what this is but as soon as I get some type of iv meds it starts to clear up and I get some relief. I’m at my wits end because my meds are not working and I’m living day after day in pain with severe migraines missing work and not enjoying my life or my family as I should… The worst part is I’ve passed this terrible thing on to my middle daughter so that just makes is oh so much worse.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Blaisianwoman,
    I’m not a doctor, but I might have an explanation for what’s happening. There are nerves that branch out around your face and temples that are called trigeminal nerves. These can become inflamed during a Migraine, which could be causing the puffiness. When you go to the ER to get meds, do they give you a steroid or other anti-inflammatory like Toradol? Those could be targeting those nerves and calming them down. This is something to talk to your doctor about since you can be given anti-inflammatory meds to take at home. Again, this is just a potential cause.

    Just recently one of our writers, the Migraine Girl, wrote about this exact issues, however she didn’t have an explanation. At least you know you are not alone in this:
    http://migraine.com/blog/puffy-eyes-and-the-changing-face/

    Best Wishes!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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