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Is this neck rash a symptom?

  • By Bookshelf Cat

    Hi! This is my first post here and I was hoping someone could help me get some answers about a small rash I’ve had on my neck that comes and goes. It’s splotchy, not raised at all, light pink. I’ve had it now for over a year. It’s always in the same spot on the left side of my neck, very low near my shoulder.

    Some back story. I’m 33 years old and I’ve had migraines with aura for about four years now. For a long time I got migraines only once a month with my menstrual cycle, but for the past year and a half I’ve had daily headache pain and about 16 or more full blown migraines a month. I’m currently on Topamax (100mg) daily and naratriptan. I’ve been on the Topamax (generic) since February (about three and a half months) and since then my migraines and daily pain have decreased significantly. I also have pretty bad vertigo, and my aura includes slurred speech at times, and some other funny symptoms that would probably be considered mild Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

    The mystery rash started before I was on any of the medications that I’m on now. At the time it was on dime sized pink spot, but now I have about five of them clustered together. Sometimes it seems like it happens right before or during a migraine and I’m wondering if it’s related. It doesn’t really itch, and it goes away on it’s own after a few hours or a few days. It fades to a really light tan color first.

    I saw in the comments section on a blog post on this site some people referencing a small rash on the side of their neck as a migraine symptom and I was wondering if anyone who had this would be willing to give a bit more detail? I haven’t seen it in any of the symptom lists. I also get hives in the same general area, on the back of my neck up into my hair line.

    I’m going to talk to my neurologist the next time I see her, but I was just wondering if anyone else could give me any info about it if it is a migraine symptom. Thanks in advance!

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  • By Anonymous

    I read there aswell that ceoliac or different food intolerences might play a part, I dont think they do for me, although I once was told when I got a food allergy test a good few years ago that I was intolerent to wheat, I have tried to cut it out but i find everyone then tells you something new, like , ah thats all rubbish etc.. so some people think food allergy tests are rubbish and that after a few years you can go back on the wheat, myself I feel better without too much wheat anyway, I rarely would have it and try avoid in in most foods after been told that, it made a difference to me but had nothing to do with migraines it was more colon I think.
    but I far from know it all in this area , just I find wheat can be avoided and still can eat plenty of different grain based bread etc.. which some do taste very nice and I was told by a nutritionist I worked with and a customer told me too about his experience of wheat intolerence, before all this , he said that Spelt is very high in nutrients and it is along with rye etc..

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  • By Bookshelf Cat

    Thanks for the reply! I have wondered that myself. Maybe the sensitivity or allergy to the food is triggering a migraine as well as a rash. It doesn’t really itch much, and it lasts for days and days sometimes. I do have eczema in the winter sometimes if my skin gets too dry, but it doesn’t look anything like the eczema spots I usually get, and it’s always in the exact same spot. Like it’s the same spot that’s just fading away and coming back. (Only now there are new ones.) It’s just so weird!

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Bookshelf Cat,
    I found one reference of rash and Migraines.

    https://migraine.com/migraine-headaches-doctors/

    I agree with Hammerhead that this could be a food sensitivity that could be triggering your Migraines. Keeping a food diary may help in unlocking this. But definitely talk to your doctor and maybe see an Allergist. Sounds like its been a while since you’ve been tested for allergies and things can change as we get older. Glad that it doesn’t itch, but it doesn’t sound like fun either!

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  • By Bookshelf Cat

    Thanks so much for all of the replies. I’m definitely going to talk to my doctor about it. I have another appointment next month. Hopefully we can get it sorted out. In the meantime I think I’m going to do try to cut down on gluten and see if that helps. I’ve noticed that I’ve felt better overall when I eat healthier, and when I eat healthier I eat less gluten kind of accidentally because I’m just eating more lean meats, fruits and vegetables and a lot less baked goods and breads.

    I agree Hammerhead, small changes do seem healthier than so many radical changes. Everything in moderation. Thanks again. 🙂

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  • By Anonymous

    is it itchy skin or just red looking, it might be eczema or something, I dont know if they are part of symptoms of migrane , could be stress related , I reckon its in the genes , skin conditions maybe but I dont think they really are related to migrane only , if at all, but thats just my opinion and Im not qualified in the brain or anything so best ask a doctor.

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  • By Anonymous

    I have seen people get skin diseases on their scalps , face, arms , knees, etc…well its not very pleasant to get cause you cant dry your skin out by washing it too much but loads of people get it, I can think of plenty I know who had it anyway at some stage in their lives, one girl was told to cleanse her whole system, kind of a detox, and some homepathy I think to solve the problems, a lady once told someone that cleansing the whole system helps but I dont know, to be honest with you I saw a lady come to the store for detox a lot and I reckon she was over doing it, buying things to cleanse the colon regulary, I still see her around, she looks very tired and thin , people get obsessed with health too I guess, and another woman who bought loads of products to help herself and the food science instructor said to me that she was being stupid , that there is no need for that, it was so extreme it was very funny, but totally addicted to buying products to help her skin etc.. I think just small changes is more easy to handle for ones body and mind.

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