Unusual Migraine Symptoms

I started having migraines from the age of 10 then over the years they became more settled in a way having symptoms mainly of light, noise sensitivity, nausea, stomach aches, mood swings, clumsiness, fatigue until I reached my 30s my migraine symptoms changed.

Prodrome symptoms

For the last twenty years, I have pre-symptoms such as stomach ache, diarrhea, frequent urination, nausea, blurry vision, seeing stars, vertigo, tingling on one side of my face, twitching of eyelids, itchy scalp, yawning, and fatigue. It gives me time to prepare myself for the migraine attack and intervene with medication.

Throat pain during migraine

During a migraine attack, my throat hurts, I have difficulty swallowing, tingling of the face and some body parts, body aches, joints hurt, muscle spasms, nausea, deep stomach ache, chills, and coma-like sleep for three days.

Unfortunately, I live in Ireland nowadays and the hospitals here are not so familiar with unusual symptoms of migraines as I was also hospitalized several times with swelling in the brain which was relived through a spinal tap which then cured my migraine for about three months at a time. I had several MRIs, CATs, EEGs, etc over the years which shown lesions from migraines. Different neurologists here told me that this indeed can happen that the brain swells during a severe migraine attack which after googling I found no proof of anywhere, so I am not sure if this is not down to a different health issue with my brain.

Hopeful for a cure

I am prescribed daily doses of Amitriptyline, Lioresal, Ibuprofen, and Paracetamol. Sumatran, I take at the onset of the actual migraine attack. I am thankful for a very understanding employer as I had to go from a full-time position to a part-time position as over the years from having from just one a month attack I know have three a month. Yet I am optimistic that one day a complete cure will be found for migraine.

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