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Diagnosis of Migraine & Headache Types

Aura migraine, managing, need insight

  • By Anonymous

    History: I grew up with headaches occurring fairly often. My first migraine happened in middle school and they continued until high school. I got occasional headaches in high school and stayed active in sports. I was and am pretty darn healthy, no health problems. I graduated high school two years ago. I just finished my third semester of college. The semester started in August 2017 I’ve been getting migraines 2 to 4 times a week. Its now December and I am preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years and I want to get to the cause of this before I go or at least find a good way to control them.

    Known triggers: I have been cutting out some foods and it has helped: strawberries, lots of citrus fruit, cheese in large amounts, and I switched my deodorant to an organic kind. Stress isnt a trigger so I am thinking its my diet. But the thing is I eat pretty well. I try to eat a little bit of everything and I cut out what seems to be a trigger. One thing I noticed is that I feel a lot better when I eat sugar. Sometimes I’ll eat a spoonful of brown sugar and that makes me feel better. I’ve been drinking a lot of water too.

    Any suggestions: I have aura migraines that will lead to nausea and sometimes vomiting. If I take a bunch of Ibuprofen once the migraine starts the aura wont last long and I only get a bad headache instead of a full on migraine. This system I got going works good but I’d rather get to the root of the problem. Right now I am considering buying vitamins to supplement my diet (are there certain foods that people on average miss), and change my laundry detergent. Any advice would help

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  • By GardensatNight

    Have you seen a neurologist? Generally if you have more than 4 migraines a month, it’s a good time to consider talking to a neurologist about whether you need to start taking a preventative medication. You’re having that many per week.

    Preventatives are important because they can help you cut down on how many migraine attacks per week, and therefore how many painkillers you need to take. Even things like tylenol and advil when taken more than 2-3 times per week can start to make you develop medication overuse headache (MOH) if you have the genetic predisposition for headache disorder.

    If you know diet is a trigger, check out this comprehensive list of foods you may not have considered that could be triggering you:

    https://migraine.com/blog/elimination-diet-foods-to-eat-foods-to-avoid/

    Other common triggers are weather, change in sleep pattern (it’s important to go to sleep at the same time every night and get a full night’s sleep), light, sound, smells, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. But definitely, check in with your doctor if you are having that many headaches. Not sure that is something that can be controlled by a trip to the vitamin aisle, as much as every single one of us who has been in your shoes has wanted to think so.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi blpenrod,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. And your trip sounds amazing – good for you!

    Great job on identifying some of your migraine triggers! As GardensatNight mentioned, there are many, many migraine triggers including irregular sleeping patterns, dehydration, skipping meals, fluctuating hormones and more. Let me share our information on migraine triggers with you; https://migraine.com/?s=triggers&submit=Go.

    When we have a change in our migraine patterns and/or symptoms, it’s always a good idea to discuss them with the doctor so he can rule out anything more serious. And getting an accurate diagnosis is important so we can learn all about our type of migraine and/or headache disorder and get the correct treatment. You can read more about diagnosis here; https://migraine.com/migraine-diagnosis/.

    Let me know what you think,
    Nancy

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