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Migraines and stroke

  • By Julie

    Hello, my name is Julie. I am 42 and was diagnosed with migraines in 2009. I taken enderal everyday as a preventative and imitrex when I have a migraine. On Friday, I had a minor stroke. I do not smoke, have diabetes, or high blood pressure. I am overweight and found out in the hospital that my cholesterol is slightly elevated 223 total. The MRI showed several mini strokes on the right side of my brain. After several tests, they could not find an underlying cause stemming from my brain or heart.

    The neurologist believes that migraines caused my strokes. I can no longer take imitrex. Fortunately, I do not seem to have any neurological deficits but I am scared and wondering if anyone has any experience with migraine-induced strokes. I am also looking for a good OTC migraine remedy and types on how to prevent them. I eat way too much processed salty food, drink a lot of coffee, do not get enough sleep, do not drink enough water, and have a fair amount of stress. So, I know that I need to make some diet and lifestyle changes. Thanks for listening and any advice is much iappreciated. Happy Memorial day!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Julep1971,

    I am so very sorry to hear about your stroke – that must have been very scary. I hope you are feeling better now and I will be happy to provide you information on migraine.

    People with migraine are at an increased risk of stroke. This article has excellent information on migraine and stroke; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-heart-disease-and-stroke/. Please let me know if you have any questions after you read this.

    It sounds like you already know that changes in your lifestyle and diet need to be made, so that’s a good start. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep a regular sleep schedule and make our environment as migraine friendly as we can. Let me share with you the seven essentials of migraine that cover everything from diagnosis and doctors to triggers and treatment; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essentials/.

    I hope you find this helpful and are feeling better in now time!
    Nancy

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