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Migraines with Chest Pain

  • By Electrician71

    Good afternoon. I am new to the forum. I have been diagnosed with worsening severe intractable migraines with aura. I have had them for nearly four years. I also have been diagnosed with occipital neuralgia. I get the headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and noise and occipital pain on an almost daily basis. My neurologist has been treating me with Botox and Topomax. I also take Fioricet when needed. The results have been mixed so far. I also get an unusual symptom my doctor can’t explain. I get chest pains with the migraines. It is chest wall pain, kind of like costochondritis. It is primarily on the left side and wraps around the rib cage. It is non cardiac. My heart has been thoroughly tested. It began when my migraines began. Has anyone else heard of something like this?

    Thank you.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Electrician71,

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

    I’m happy to hear your heart has checked out OK. I haven’t heard this, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. In fact I did a bit of research and came up with this very small study; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24074526. It clearly states chest pain is possible in migraine.

    I hope this helps and hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you.

    Nancy

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  • By 3coynefountain

    Hello Electrician71,
    I am sorry to hear about your migraines and chest pain. I just now stumbled upon your comment and was wondering how things have improved or not improved since your last post. Do you have any answers? My husband on Christmas eve went to the ER because we thought he had a heart attack. They have checked everything out but they say everything looks fine. The weirdest part isn’t his unexplained heart pain: it’s the fact that every day since then he has suffered from a migraine. Before this he maybe had only 2 migraines in his life. Now he has chest pain and migraines with the other symptoms (nausea, light sensitivity) and no answers. We don’t know what to do next. We would love to hear your story to see if we can glean anything from it. We hope for your sake that you have found some answers. Thank you.

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  • By Electrician71

    Hello 3coynefountain,

    I am sorry to hear about your husband’s symptoms. In my case, it has taken the doctors 4-1/2 years to discover that the pain in my upper left chest is caused by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. It is a rare condition that can cause compression of the brachial plexus nerves, subclavian artery, or subclavian vein. It can cause migraine symptoms and pain at the base of the skull. It can also cause symptoms in the arm and hand of the affected side. I have experienced migraines and occipital neuralgia pain with this frequently for 4-1/2 years. I don’t know if this is what is affecting your husband, but it may be a place to look. I hope you are able to find the help you need.

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  • By LFalcon

    I get chest pain and migraines. My chest-pain is a form of costochondritis caused by my body’s inability to break down the alkaloids in plants of the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, paprika, etc). There is also a link between low levels of vitamin K-2 and costochondritis. You can read the science of it all on the Linus Pauling web page.

    My advice, eliminate the nightshades for 2 weeks and see how you feel.

    I also got rid of my arthritis (diagnosed at age 3) when I stopped eating nightshades. And yes, I miss eating them, but it’s not worth the pain

    I wish you health & happiness.

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  • By serendib

    I have chronic migraines and I have the experience of a tightening of my chest and extreme lethargy often associated with the onset of a migraine.. three years ago the chest tightness, vomiting and and tightening of my neck and jaw were so severe I was admitted to the hospital, their initial diagnosis was heart attack, i also had the elevated enzymes of a heart attack.. they slowed my heart rate down and then sent a camera into my heart suspecting a diseased heart. But it turns out i have a very healthy heart with a myocardial bridge they say is benign.. i know for a fact that when i have a migraine that my heart is also affected… I’ve had many episodes as described.. recently all new tests were run on my heart and the specialist congratulates me that my heart is so healthy and literally refuses to consider a heart/migraine connection.. all I know is that three years ago they were concerned enough to keep me for three days in the hospital.. my largest symptom of an oncoming migraine is a tightness in my chest, neck and sometimes jaw. The second symptom is pronounced fatigue. I have arrhythmia as well. For me the heart and migraine go hand in hand but I’ve had no Dr be able to hear this.. while we have different symptoms I’m writing to let you know there are others that feel the heart/migraine connection. Good luck

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi serendib,

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I’m sorry to hear the doctors you are currently seeing are not truly listening to you. Time to seek one out who will??

    Keep us posted on how you are feeling,
    Nancy

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