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  • By Kevin

    First timer. Been doing some web research on this and seems more folks are asking about long-lasting migraines. I am looking to see if others have anything like mine.

    My trigger is mainly light, though food and weather influence as well. I don’t get the classic symptoms like lights. My pain is very centralized on top of my left eye.

    I was lucky enough to be diagnosed back in 1988. Back then migraines were a regular 2 week on Sunday occurance. They’d last 8 to 10 hours and then be done without after effects. They made me extremely ill.

    Over the years they changed to something less frequent. Now when I get one, about twice a year, I can expect them to last 10-12 days. There’s an initial onset, then at regular points in the day it “flares”. The pain of the headache doesn’t bother me, its the symptoms generated. Nearly instantly when a flare happens, it is followed by nausea and lethargy.

    Of course does wonders for general mood!

    I don’t really know why I am sharing. I don’t expect a magic solution at all. Suppose I am just looking for others while I push myself through the current migraine!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi kmwill23,

    Welcome! We are so glad you’re here. Sharing our individual stories can help with the isolation migraine can sometimes bring.

    Light and changes in the barometric pressure can be strong triggers for some of us. There are glasses specifically designed to help reduce photosensitivity or sensitivity to light for those of us with migraine. In fact they were designed for one of the patient advocates here, Kerrie Smyres by her husband Hart Schafer, along a migraineur. And a woman in the local migraine/headache disorder support group I run has a pair and they have really made a difference in her life. Let me share information on two companies who make these glasses; https://migraine.com/sponsored/sponsored-proven-migraine-relief-with-new-theraspecs-glasses/.

    Another company who makes a similar product is Axon Opticals; https://migraine.com/sponsored/are-you-ignoring-one-of-the-top-migraine-triggers/.

    It’s true our migraine patterns can change over time and when this occurs it’s important to discuss them with our doctor, have you been able to do this? If not I would encourage you to do so soon.

    I don’t mean to be a total downer, but when migraine pain lasts longer than 72 hours, it puts us at an increased risk for stroke and a condition called status migrainosus. Take a look at this information when you get a chance; https://migraine.com/blog/what-is-status-migrainosus/.

    I hope this information is helpful, keep us posted on how you are feeling,

    Nancy

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