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  • By Anne

    I seem to have continuous fatigue which can get worse during a migraine so that I can lose a week at a time as I need to sleep so much. I also find waking up to be the worst part of the day and it can take me hours to get out of bed. The yawning attacks also happen often during the onset of a migraine.
    I have had fatigue for twelve years and migraine for twenty two years. I have often wondered if I had something else like fibro because i get so ill most of the time. It definitely is ruining my life.

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  • By theresadz

    Fatigue is definitely a part of my migraine attack although it also got worse due to some of the medications I am on. Even though my fatigue isn’t so bad as to make me not go to work, it definitely reduces my efficiency and ability to get a lot of stuff done at work. Thankfully I have very understanding employers!!

    The migraine hangover is almost as bad as my prodrome. The day after a migraine I’m almost laid up in bed for the rest of the day, but I make myself chug on.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Anne, right now we are working on an upcoming series on co-morbidities, so it is on my mind… but you might talk to your doctor about this long term fatigue, in case you are one of those unlucky majority who have contributing co-morbidities that need attention. Thyroid dysfunction, fibro are both very common to have with Migraine. Additionally, they can act as triggers for attacks, so treating them can help both conditions! Just a thought…

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  • By Myth1977

    I was just thinking about this today because since I have had some rather continuous migraine symptoms, or so my doctors says, including numbness in my hands and vertigo, I’ve also noticed a great increase in fatigue. Normally before a migraine I get mentally sluggish and yawn quite a bit. Then after the migraine I am practically brain dead and just wish I could take a nap. Lately though I am tired from the moment I drag myself out of bed, with serious nap attacks throughout the day. I also have fibro, so it could be that increasing for some random reason or it could be this peculiar and rather unpleasant migraine season i seem to be having. I sure wish the fatigue would lessen somewhat because even taking my triptan seems to increase it such that I can’t even function I am so tired.

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  • By sandhst

    I,too, have overwhelming fatigue before, and during, a migraine episode. It’s that feeling of a truck just ran over me, and then backed up, and did it again. Are there any suggestions for how to handle this fatigue? Any medication or techniques?
    Thanks for any help or advice.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    halinastewart – If you can abort the Migraine sometimes these symptoms won’t be so bad afterward. Each attack will likely be different though. I wish there were meds that could help us, or even techniques, but I think it’s more a matter of learning how to cope with it. Thankfully for most Migraineurs it is temporary. It makes holding down a job or being a productive member of society tough though…

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  • By nekhbet

    I know that fatigue does a number on tons of migraineurs, but does anyone else have Narcolepsy as well? If so, do you find that migraine-related fatigue causes a flare in your narcoleptic fits? I’ve had a healthy migraine chewing on my head for about a week straight, am zoned out tired & weak like I’m eating Haldol every meal, & I clocked out at least ten times today that I know of. I’ve started noticing that even the very start of the fatigue & weakness heralding my migraines (& they’re chronic, so I’ve had a lot of chances to observe, lol) will bring on the narcolepsy like the ringing of a dinner bell. As if I needed to look & feel any more brain-dead…watch as I stagger & hit the floor!

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    nekhbet – Narcolepsy has been found to be an autoimmune condition. We do have some information on the site re: autoimmune comorbidities and Migraine. https://migraine.com/blog/triggers-and-comorbidities-autoimmune-disease/

    One of the things to remember is that both are neurological conditions. They are both primary, which means that one can’t cause the other. However, one may trigger the other.

    Something else to consider is the medicine you might be taking could be influencing one or the other conditions. Here is a link about autoimmune medicines that doesn’t really apply to my knowledge to narcolepsy, but it might ring a bell that might be helpful just the same: https://migraine.com/blog/medication-triggers-in-autoimmune-migraineurs/

    Remember that narcolepsy results from antibodies attacking cells that help regulate your sleep pattern. Autoimmune conditions tend to like to travel in packs, and investigating whether you might be developing additional autoimmune conditions might be helpful. I am not aware that these specific antibodies attack the brain, but most antibodies can affect us neurologically, and although I don’t know that there’s been any research into that problem, I would not be at all surprised to find that might be the case.

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  • By rilniski

    HI all. I feel extremely tired before and after a migraine and some days even fatigued if I don’t have a migraine. I also take amitryptaline 50 mg so I know that’s a contributing factor as well. Mornings are the toughest times for me. I don’t have any words of wisdom of how to combat the fatigue. Once in awhile it lays me up and I have to miss a day of work while sometimes I just feel like I’m dragging.

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  • By tory a

    Fatigue can be a sign of an upcoming attack. I have noted in my migraines that if I let the aura go and not take my meds, it seems to make the “hangover” type of headache the following few days, worse. I know that there are lots of things that can contribute to fatigue, meds obviously one of them. I think that you could continue to search out causes as well as your doctors. Maybe inquire about some testing while you are asleep ie oximetry or in-home sleep tests as well. I hope that you continue in your search for answers and find success!
    Best wishes!

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    garfieldrules – This is a big problem for a lot of us, especially if we have comorbid pain conditions or if we are chronic Migraineurs. There are some medicines that can be helpful for this. Have you spoken to your doctor about helping you with your sleep issues?

    In the meantime, here is a link about sleep and Migraine:

    https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-sleep-1/

    Please be sure too, that Medication Overuse Headache isn’t on your plate along with everything else you’re currently dealing with. Here is a link about MOH that might be helpful in figuring out if this might be contributing to your pain levels: https://migraine.com/blog/help-how-can-i-not-overuse-migraine-medications/

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