What an unpleasant surprise!

Hello everyone,

I have never had a migraine headache in my life, at least not that I was aware of until May 29th of this year. I am a female, in my sixties and the sole caregiver for my 96 year old Mom.
That morning around 3:00 AM, I suddenly woke up with severe neck pain that radiate to the base of my skull, behind my eyes to center of forehead and then to the scalp area. I then became very nauseous and then got dry heaves really bad.

Every morning since then, the same symptoms about the same time every morning. I ended up in the ER on June 4th because I felt so ill I though I might be dying. But because I complained of chest pain along with migraine symptoms the the medical personel zoomed in on checking my heart. They did find something of serious concern regarding my heart after some heart tests but my migraine symptoms were ignored.

I have to add that for many years I have experienced the zig zag lines, sensitivity to light, partial loss of vision, sensitivity to smell and many of the other symptoms listed here.

But never ever before had such neck pain or such painful throbbing headaches.
I have since had one appointment with a General Practioner. He has ordered a cat scan. I am wondering is that generally the best first medical step to take?

Any advice from those who have already gone through the diagnosis process would be much appreciated. As a caregiver for an elderly parent this is interfering with my ability to care for her 24/7.

Thanks for taking time to read this.

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