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Thunderclap Migraine

Scared. That is the overall feeling. After mildly suffering with hormonal headaches most of my life, at age 51 I have been struck with a whole new definition of migraine. On Easter Sunday of this year, I was hit with my first thunderclap migraine. I was at church and it came out of left field. I attributed it to the heat of the building, coming off of some anti-depressants, etc. It lasted 14 days before I went to my primary care physician. He prescribed Verapamil thinking I might have hypertension. The migraine finally went away 2 days after that.

June 14th- once again at church migraine #2, I immediately went to the ER the pain was so severe and was accompianied by vomiting. After several hours in the ER, a CT scan, and morphine, I went home with fioricet. The fioricet didn’t really help, but the pain had somewhat subsided down to a “7” after staying home from work on Monday the 15th. I went to work 16-17th and then in the middle of the night on the 17th the migraine struck full force again. I stayed home with an ice pack on my head in the dark waiting for my neurologist appointment the next day.

The neurologist ordered a set of MRI’s and sent me home with Naproxen. Seriously- I told him I want you to shoot me in the head to lessen the pain and you are giving me Aleve??? He assured me this was the best protocol at the time. I stayed home the following day, but had to report to work on the 20th.

Half way through my shift, it struck again. After another ER visit, CT Scan, Morphine, I was admitted as an inpatient where I spent the next 4 days. MRI’s were all clean (yeah!) but the pain remained at a “7” until July 1st. It subsided to a “4” after going to an infusion clinic and receiving a cocktail of Reglan, Thorazine, Toradol, and DHE. I had my second infusion yesterday and I go for my third and final one today. After the 2nd infusion I did not see any further improvement.

I just wanted to share my short story so far and get any feedback that might be helpful to my new (unwanted) journey. Thanks for listening.

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  • zippy36
    4 years ago

    The not knowing why is a very hard thing to accept. Hope they find something to help you..

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hello Miss Brenda,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, and I’m so sorry to hear of all that you’ve been going through. We are glad you found this community, and kudos to you on reaching out.

    I thought these two articles might be particularly useful right now: and The first is on the various types of professionals that can help people with migraine, and the second is on obtaining appropriate, effective treatment. I truly hope they prove useful.

    In addition to feedback you may get here, please feel free to make use of our forums as well, where you may get more community feedback. The forums can be accessed here:

    I hope this helps. Please do feel free to keep us posted on how you’re doing. Wishing you our best!


    Jenn (Community Manager,

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