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Managing triggers/types of migraines

  • By Tang

    Hi – I’m a first time poster but long time migraineur!

    I’m a 30 year old female and have had migraines since I was about 18. Fortunately, I only have between 2-3 attacks per year on average and they usually are only about half a day in duration. I get aura and headache but I tend to get two different types of migraines: the first is where the aura seems to originate in my right eye (if that makes sense) with a headache on the left hand side of my head (usually the most severe type) and occasionally, the aura originates in my left eye with a headache on my right side which isn’t so severe.

    I find my triggers very hard to manage but usually they are extreme stress or fatigue. I can get prodrome as well (extreme tiredness, occasionally nausea) but again, it can hard to definitively say an attack is coming on.

    For the first time ever, I woke up in the middle of last night with aura and it progressed into a migraine. I haven’t been under a lot of stress lately but it has been extremely hot the last few days where I live (like over 110F) so maybe that was a trigger? I found this strange as my migraines are usually very typical.

    I have tried ibuprofen, Cafergot and Imigran but none of them stop the headaches from progressing.

    I always have this fear in the back of my head that I’ll get a migraine in a place where I can’t go home and sleep. I carry drugs wherever I go for fear of an attack because I haven’t found meds which are effective. I’ve had a couple of attacks at work during meetings which was a bit embarrassing as I’ve had to stop people whilst talking and excuse myself and they look puzzled as if to say “but hang on, you were fine two minutes ago?”.

    I’ve never posted in any migraine-related forum so am keen to hear others’ experiences as no one else I know gets migraines (lucky them). Does anyone else get different types of migraine? Anyone find any particular medication helpful where aura is present? Any trigger management tips?

    I’m now off to bed as I have that awful postdrome feeling of being drained of energy..!

    Thanks in advance 🙂

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi tang,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us and being part of the Migraine.com discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here!

    There are many different types of headache disorders, of which migraine is just one. The most common type of migraine is migraine without aura and then migraine with aura. It’s entirely possible to have more than one type of headache disorder at the same time. For example I have migraine without aura; post traumatic headache, and tension-type headache. I can share our information on the various types of migraines and headaches in this link; https://migraine.com/migraine-basics/.

    One of the most important things is to get an accurate diagnosis. This will enable us to get the correct treatment and learn all we can about our particular type of migraine and/or headache disorders. When you get a moment take a look at this information on getting a diagnosis; https://migraine.com/migraine-diagnosis/.

    Trigger identification and management plays an important role in migraine.There are many, many triggers, not only certain foods, but changes in the barometric pressure, fluctuating hormones, skipping meals, dehydration, irregular sleep schedules and many other things. If we can figure out what our triggers are and learn to avoid the ones we can, it may be possible to reduce our attack frequency. This information may help; https://migraine.com/migraine-triggers/.

    I hope this helps. Let me know what you think,
    Nancy

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  • By Majikjoyce

    So I was having a weird craving for deviled eggs , so I made some. Well after eating them my stomach started rumbling. I thought here comes a egg fart. No it came out diarrhea ( sorry so blunt. Just speaking the truth. So now I’m on the toilet feeling really nauseous. Oh no hear it comes, luckily I has trash can available. FUNNIEST thing is through throwing up I was laughing my ass off. I said I have no more holes left, oh so I thought vomit came out my nose. So least to say that’s a trigger. Yeah I sis get a migraine

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  • By fleischmannwifey

    Hi My Husband Suffers from Stomach Migraines, does anyone know much about these? He has eliminated alcohol and certain foods to help with flare ups, but he still occasionally having them? Is there treatment or help with information about this problem, that may help him? Thanks

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