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  • By PatrickInBama

    Hey All,

    I think I had a migraine yesterday for only the 2nd time ever. First one was a year ago and I blew it off as just a terrible headache. Yesterday I woke up with a headache and I took 2 ibuprofen and then took a shower. It didn’t help so 45 minutes later I took 2 more ibuprofen and went back to bed. I didn’t eat until 4 hours after initially waking up because the headache was upsetting my stomach. I couldn’t sleep the entire time because there was no relief. I remember that anytime I laid my head down, that spot hurt enough to cause me to keep my head up without touching anything. My neck was stiff too. I remember keeping the lights off in the room but I eventually opened the shade on one window since it was raining all day. I noticed my tinnitus was more apparent than normal so I kept the TV on as background noise. I ate my only meal of the day at 8pm. I went to bed at my normal time and took no time at all to fall asleep.

    I had no other symptoms other than being dizzy and tired. I woke up this morning with no headache but man I feel like a train ran over me. I feel like I’m in a haze, I can’t focus on anything, and I really want to sleep. My neck is slightly stiff and I have a slightly dull headache, not enough to warrant taking anything. The thing is, I’m 49 years old and no one in my family has migraines. Why now?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi PatrickInBama,

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve had such a rough go of it. I really wish I could tell you what’s going on with your head, but only a qualified doctor can do that. Have you spoken with your doctor recently? If not, I would encourage you to see him and have a complete exam, go over your medical history and your family’s medical history and discuss your symptoms. After all that he should have a pretty good handle on what’s going on.

    I can tell you however, that some of the symptoms you describe can occur during a migraine attack. Let me share with you information on the symptoms of a migraine in this link; https://migraine.com/what-is-migraine/.

    It is possible to feel “hung over” during postdrome, the last phase of a migraine attack, up to 48 or so after an attack. There are actually four phases of a migraine attack; prodrome, aura, headache and postdrome. This article has more information on these phases; https://migraine.com/migraine-basics/migraine-phases/.

    Happy Migraine and Headache Awareness Month,
    Nancy

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  • By Diane

    I have also had chronic migraines for 12 years. I recently found out by process of elimination that Nexium (omneprazole) has been causing mine. I have been off Nexium for a month and a half and have had only 2 migraines. Check out the meds you are taking.

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