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  • By retrograndma

    I’ve had a running 24-7 migraines for the last 4-5 weeks. Seems like this last week, they’ve gotten progressively worse. This morning, i started having difficulty swallowing during migraines. My throat feels odd, as if it were a little swollen. Swallowing feels forced and mechanical. Anyone else experience this?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi retrograndma,

    I’m sorry you are having a rough time right now. I’ve not heard this symptom before nor experienced it, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their story with you.

    Seeing as this migraine pain has lasted so long, it would be a good idea to contact your doctor and see how he can help you break this current cycle. When migraine pain lasts longer than 72 hours it increases our risk of status migrainous and stroke. Let me share this information on this with you; https://migraine.com/blog/what-is-emergency/.

    Will you keep me posted on how you are feeling?
    Nancy

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  • By retrograndma

    Hi Nancy,

    Thank you for that link. I’d spent a lot of time reading the forums and posts yesterday, and had run across that page (I think it was you who’d shared it with someone else). So I’m also worried about uninterrupted migraines that go on and on.

    I’d gone to the ER this past Saturday morning and the neurology resident said that he suspected I was having temporal lobe seizures in addition to the migraines. So it makes me wonder if my swallowing strangeness is related?

    Today my swallowing seems okay or normal. Actually, I just swallowed and it still feels stiff. So when I talk to the neurologist I will mention that.

    I saw my primary care this morning. They gave me a shot of Toradol. That brought the migraine back down to a four or five. They also prescribed propranolol 80 mg for me to take daily.

    Apparently someone in the ER did not send in an order for the EEG. It’s on my paperwork, but didn’t get sent to the EEG Clinic. They have an opening tomorrow, so they are going to try to have my primary care doctor order the EEG.

    I have an MRI next Wednesday. And I got my name on the cancellation list for the migraine specialist. The Toradol worked enough that I can function today, which is fantastic. It’s progress, and I’ll take it.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi retrograndma,

    Thank you for the update. I’ll keep my fingers crossed things go smoothly.

    Best wished,
    Nancy

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  • By caramarie

    i sometimes experience this difficulty swallowing with migraines also, I unfortunately can’t say what the symptom means but you’re not the only one.

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  • By LindaCSmith

    Hi – you’re definitely not the only one.

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  • By ZonaDanger

    I was recently diagnosed with chronic migraines and I as well have had issues with swallowing. I am learning so much from this community.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi ZonaDanger,

    That’s interesting. Do they know what the swallowing issues are from?

    Nancy

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  • By Cat Mom of Two

    Hello fellow migraine sufferers,

    I have had migraines for at least 20+ years. The past two years have been rough. I had finally, or so I thought, found topamax to help with the migraines. Suddenly, out of the blue, topamax stopped working. I’ve been trying a few more meds, still with no luck. I’ve also had some new symptoms too. My “typical” migraine symptoms are the “off” feeling & yawning a lot a day or two prior to the aura symptoms. With the aura, I get the wiggly lines, sparkles of light & I can’t see certain parts in my field of vision. Next starts the pain in the left eye socket as it moves to in between my eyes. Next , the pain goes up the top of my head, then around ears & temple region where it settles for a few days.
    This current migraine has been on & off (mostly on!) since December 13, 2018. I’ve missed 4 days of work so far. My new symptoms include insane nausea, intermittent difficulty in swallowing, complete weakness on a few days and arm weakness/strength that’s not continuous. I have been in contact with the covering migraine specialist that I see. They are aware of my new symptoms. We have decided to increase Depakote another 250 mg, which has helped a little… it makes life bearable. I am still having the nausea but luckily have a script of Zofran on hand.

    So, Retrograndma, you are not alone with the swallowing difficulty. So, hang in there, I’ll see what my doc has to say when I talk to him this week.

    Toddles for now,

    Cat mom of two!

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  • By RanaMallak

    You are definitly not alone!.
    It is so weird how the human body goes unwell understood!. I had continuous headaches, nausea, vomitting, feeling pressue in my head and ears like a drill digging inside, visual disturbances with flashes, eye pain and eye strain, tingling and numbness started at my face then my legs and hands , it was awful and continuous that i could not tolerate My neurologist diagnosed me with status migranous!. Month later i started to feel like pins in my mouth my tongue feels weird like i am chewing pins!. It was followed by signs of trigeminal neurolagia. Currently I developed chest pain when eating more like heart attack that triggered my dysphagia, i really find it difficult to eat solid food. My doctors insist that i have stress and nothing serious, but i know i am suffering. I had MRI brain PLAIN and cervical MRI, surprisingly it did not show any abnormality! .i dont know what is wrong with me but it could be migrain only!

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    • By puzzleman5

      RannaMalak I have been suffering from similiar symptoms. Since March I have been suffering from tension headaches, but things got serious when I got acid reflux for most of August. Then in September and for the rest of 2019 it got progressively harder to swallow solid foods. It seems that whenever I swallow, my tension headache gets worse for awhile then dials down. I suffer from these headaches everyday. I thought I had Dysphagia, which I might actually have, but my GI doctor has done an endoscopy, Barrium Swallow, CT Scan, and blood work and found nothing wrong with me. I’m also going to be starting cognitive behavioral therapy for stress soon and I want to be referred to a neurologist. I had a dream recently that suggested that I see a migraine specialist so I think I will pursue that soon. I can’t wait to be able to eat normally again. I’ve been living off of juicing and Ensure.

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    • By RanaMallak

      Oh Dear,
      I am really sorry to hear that you suffer too. Honestly, i did not do any investigation except that i went to ENT doctor.
      I still have dysphagia, headaches and migrains. But the thing that i was suspecting multiple scelerosis which is extremly difficult to be diagnosed without a lesion in the nervous system that MRI can capture.
      Whenever i am fatigued i take 5mg of prednison which gives me energy unlike other people.
      I still think also anxiety is a possibility, i mean i prefer to have anxiety than MS. I have noticed tho whenever i am surrounded by people dysphagia improves.
      Another thing, i suspect that cell phones trigger my anxiety and it could have something to do with these vague symptoms, i wish i can ask all of us to cut the phone usage for sometime to see how our bodies will react.
      Congnitive behavioral therapy is highly recommanded and i have been following it myself.
      Best of luck dear, and i hope to hear more updates in future, may all your investigations clear you from any pathology.
      And stay strong! You are not alone.

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