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For years I’ve had migraines, with the symptoms that most people have: sensitivity to light, sound, getting sick. But I’ve also had one that I’ve never heard of and I always thought it was just me till now. The first time it happened it wasn’t that bad, but as the migraine got worse it also got worse, even my clothes hurt. The next migraine the sensitivity to touch came on faster. But this time it was even after it was gone, part of my migraine hangover I’m guessing.

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  • mimimontreal
    3 years ago

    Hello I’m new on this site.
    I’m 54 years old and suffer from migranestension headaches,Arnolds Neuralgia. To mix into this melting pot I also have fibromyalgia which resembles a lot to the the “allodynia” condition.
    The only thing that sort of helps my migraine attacks that can vary from 4x per month is “Zomig”. But unfortunately it has a side effect of extreme neck stiffness for me. Though medication does not help with Arnolds Neuralgia, which is sudden attacks of pain on every bone on your face.
    I’m not sure if anyone has similar pain situations,but I’d be more than happy to get some feed back.

  • GinaD
    3 years ago

    I experience this as well. I’m super sensitive even to the clothes I’m wearing — type of material, seams, tags, waistbands, etc. I can’t wear anything that constricts, anything too tight, anything that rubs or itches. It’s crazy.

  • selenawilson
    3 years ago

    This is probably allodynia…here’s a great article on it and there are many good ones here on

  • Butterfly1960
    3 years ago

    I’ve had this happen to where it hurt to touch myself , didn’t know what was going on.
    Didn’t even know I was having migraines . Long story short for the last 18 years Dr has been treating me for depression , it toke me to come in his office ( month ago ) Numb & tingling on one side of my body heaviness in head on one side that wouldn’t go away ( 2 wks) for him to finally order mri’s , & send me to a specialist. In doing so I come to find out I was having what is called complex migraines with aura & without pain . These migraines mimic strokes and also have some symptoms of depression. I wanted to cry because after 18 years of going through this , in 1 & a half hours someone had finely found out what was wrong and had a true diagnosis . Did not tell me I was crazy or depressed and imagining things.

  • Kateaux
    3 years ago

    I am 60 and had my first migraine the day after I started my menses at age 12. Fortunately, my mother and paternal grandmother also experienced migraines so my family was well educated and sensitive to this cursed disease. After a visit to family physician, I was prescribed Midrin. Regarding your question about skin sensitivity, I have not experienced this. However, as I have aged the old aura of the visual light show has changed. Now, I rapidly become extremely fatigued and can sleep for 10 or more hours. Otherwise, I am somewhat of an insomniac. I control my migraines with beta blockers, Effexor do, and Relpax. My primary trigger is weather related: low pressure systems. Living in the very Deep South is challenging!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    3 years ago

    Thanks for your post. You are not crazy. You are experiencing allodynia, a condition where your body is extremely sensitive before, during or after a Migraine. Many say that sometimes their hair even hurts. Here’s a great article explaining this phenomenom.

    Best Wishes!
    -Katie Moderator

  • Deborah J.
    3 years ago

    This was the best article. Thank you for writing it. I’ve had this ever since I was diagnosed with chronic migraines 2011 and none of the Neurologists named it for me. Also your explanation was great. From what I understand is that the goal is to not let your migraine progress to this point…I don’t have this every time, but frequently. I will have to pay more attention and track it on my log. Thanks again.

  • Butterfly1960
    3 years ago

    I’m not crazy !!!! when I tell people my hair hurts they look at me and laugh and tell me I’m crazy .
    Hell I’ve even been called a witch ( no joke )

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