Just this morning, I’ve been diagnosed at the Walton Centre in Liverpool as having migraines. He’d advised to cut out certain foods, give it 4-6 weeks and see how I felt. I was told things would get worse before they improved. In truth, I feel no different.
It’s been a long, arduous journey to get to this point but migraines were actually something I’d already discarded as a possibility myself a long time ago. I’ve never suffered a single one in my life. I’d also always understood that the majority of migraines were intermittent (i.e. last a few days-week, not constant).
Anyway, back in May 2017 I was leaving work one evening to meet my wife outside and I felt a strange sensation sort of.. ‘come over’ me. It felt like it was enveloping my head, a strange fogginess or wooziness. It has been there ever since, without exception. At times, it’s worse and some times it’s manageable but it’s 24/7 and has been for nigh on 9 months. Along with this, I have a handful of other symptoms: slightly blurry vision (always), my eyes and ears are often sensitive to light and sound, distinct lack of a sense of smell (I have to be VERY close to whatever I’m smelling), lack of concentration when the fogginess is at its worst and a heavy head/dull ache in my neck and sometimes my head which i get now and again.
Just to clarify, the aches/pains I get in my head and neck are not what you’d traditionally class as a headache, I rarely get headaches (usually only when dehydrated or hungover – which I haven’t been for almost a year).
I’ve seen a chiropractor, had physio, tried anti-dizziness meds (I was never dizzy.. ), had a neck/head x-ray, a head MRI (both of which were clear). Some of the exercises the physio and chiro showed me have helped manage some of the symptoms but even they admitted whatever was going on was largely out of their remit.
As you can see I’m not convinced this migraine diagnosis is correct. I almost feel a bit of a fraud, as I know many people that do suffer with migraines and it can be debilitating and few of my own symptoms match any of theirs.
So, I’m just looking for a bit of advice or feedback. Does anybody suffer any/all of these or can clarify that the doctor is probably right or wrong?
PS. apologies for the lengthy first post. I’m at a bit of a loss.