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  • By Little Miss Alien

    Has anyone else been left with migraines as a result of meningitis? I had viral meningitis aged 5 and have had migraines ever since. Then I had it again at 18 and my migraines got worse after that. I am now 29 and have many complex health issues, but my migraines remain the most disabling, frightening and under treated.

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  • By olivia

    C A D A S I L an autosomal DOMINANT genetic disorder that causes cognitive vascular impairment. Some early symptoms of CADASIL can be numbness, migraine headaches , mood disorders and TIA’s. CADASIL is often misdiagnosed as MS. If you suffer from any of these symptoms or there is a family history of stroke, Alzheimer’s or MS ask your doctor about CADASIL.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Little Miss Alien, It is likely that the meningitis has triggered your Migraines. We know that brain injury can result in altered functioning of the brain. This might be something to talk to your doctor about. Are you seeing a Headache Specialist?

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  • By Anonymous

    Sometimes even meningitis looks like migraine. They have similar pathophysiology. I have given DHE or Imitrex to break a meningitis headache before.

    It’s possible that your brain was already “wired” for migraine and the meningitis just triggered a chronic migraine.

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  • By naolstaylor

    So after no help from my current neuro or PP, I am going to the Mayo Clinics in Jacksonvilke. But they asked for tons of info. Now I think every issue I have could be related and no one has put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I have PCOS, reactive hypoglycemia, IBS, endometriosis, adhesions (intestinal), and migraines averaging 20 a month. Any one else with any if these issues? And if so, what were course of treatments?

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  • By hkcs1234

    For those who suffer from migraines, the difference between what they experience and what others call a “headache” could not be more different. Migraine headaches can range from moderate to severe but at their worst, they are easily incapacitating.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    naolstaylor – Do you know who the doctor is that you will be seeing? It really is the doctor that makes the difference, not the clinic.

    Many conditions can be comorbid with Migraine, and many can exacerbate or otherwise influence our attacks. There are potential connections with several of the issues you mentioned. Unfortunately I have first hand experience with more of them than I would like.

    The first thing to understand, is that Migraine brains don’t like change. Anything that creates a physiological change in our bodies can be a potential trigger. Illness and other health conditions can create these changes.

    Many of the conditions you listed result in changes that could act as an exacerbating factor or Migraine trigger. Managing them all is going to be important to optimize your overall health. How that is done, is going to vary depending upon each individual patient. What treats one person, may not work for another.

    Has anyone mentioned Metabolic Syndrome to you yet? That might be something to ask about when you see your doctor.

    The biggest key is to get ALL your doctors talking together and working together so that a treatment for one problem doesn’t make another issue worse. This often happens to Migraineurs when a treatment causes one of those physiological changes that worsens the Migraines. The doctor treating the other condition is less concerned and knowledgeable about Migraine, so will sometimes be reluctant to address it.

    PCOS as you probably know, is a hormonal issue. I’m assuming your abdominal adhesions resulted from your endometriosis, which is now thought to be an autoimmune condition. IBS can be a symptom of your Migraine attacks as well as a condition all by itself, and figuring that out can be difficult. Blood sugar fluctuations can be a common Migraine trigger. So you see, you have a lot going on, but all can be managed with the right doctors, and plenty of time and patience. It’s so very hard to have patience when we’re in pain. So very hard.

    Here are some links that might be helpful to you. You are not alone, in fact many patients have the same comorbid problems. You writing here about yours may be very helpful to another patient down the road, so I want to say “Thank You.” I remember searching and searching for this information myself years ago, and the feeling of hopelessness when I couldn’t really find anything. Thankfully, times have changed, and information is fairly plentiful. I hope you’ll get a chance to check out the links below and see if the information there might be helpful…

    Hormone Changes thread: https://migraine.com/groups/users/forum/topic/hormonal-changes-in-women/

    Migraines and Diabetes: https://migraine.com/blog/migraines-and-diabetes/

    Research on Migraine as a risk factor for endometriosis: https://migraine.com/blog/research-on-migraine-disease-as-a-risk-factor-for-endometriosis/

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