I never thought I’d have migraines, I’m completely new to this. I had the first in February sometime – a migraine with aura and a light/almost non-existent headache afterwards. I shrugged it off. In March, I had migraine with aura twice. The second time I went to the GP, who sent me off to the eye doctors… but in between eye doctor appointments I had another one (Sunday evening) and ended up in the ER to try and figure out what the heck is going on. It’s scary because I have never, ever had these in my whole life. They are the “classic” migraines with auras… visual – zigzag/wavy colored lines, some blind spots, it all lasts no longer than 15-30 minutes. A light headache occurs afterwards, this Sunday I felt like I had a massive hangover and was exhausted. I had some lingering side effects (light headache) on/off for another 1.5 days or so. In each case I took ibuprofen, although this past time I messed up and forgot until too late, so that’s probably why the effects lasted longer.
Doctors in ER only looked at my eyes and diagnosed without taking any MRIs. They suggested a follow up with a neurologist in the future. I was a bit confused as since I have no history of migraines that I should get an MRI. In any case – that’s an issue for the diagnosis board…
I’ve discovered the main trigger (massive light changes – direct sunlight to shade, etc), but now I’m searching for causes. I think it might be hormonal. Let me explain: I had my daughter in March of last year and breastfed for 6 months; I didn’t start getting my period back until late fall, and this winter it was horrible. I never used to get PMS or have heavy periods, at least not as an adult, now I get both. (This winter I had two serious sinus infections, one minor cold, and the flu — but while I was sick constantly, my husband never caught these.) I have also gotten some acne on the forehead, my hair is thinning at the temples big time. I become super anxious (honestly, like out of control craziness…) and get tired but I can’t sleep from the anxiety — mostly for about two weeks mid-cycle, and not because of my daughter! (My mother and mother-in-law have been helping me out a lot over the last half year, so I have adequate sleep many nights or I take a solid nap during the day.) When my period starts I suddenly am no longer anxious and feel like a truck ran over me and I bleed a lot very quickly. I had the third migraine a day or two into my last period and I’m fairly certain it was because I felt so weak to the point of fatigue and almost passing out. I slept 3-4 days in a row for like 11 hours each!! I immediately went and bought iron supplements and multivitamin to give me a boost. Finally, I feel like I’m always eating and am never full for very long, but I’m also not really gaining weight, just staying about the same. My usual diet + exercise routine hasn’t changed much. I’m a vegetarian and I do 3-4 times per week of jogging ~30-40 minutes + 2-3 yoga sessions.
Not sure it’s related, I also have frequent urination and often have cold hands and feet… neither of those is that new, however.
I haven’t been back to the doctor yet because I’ve been to several and none seem to tell me anything beyond “you have migraines, take an ibuprofen” and “your blood work was normal, you’re not anemic and you don’t have abnormal blood sugar levels.” I am going to my gynecologist in about 3 weeks to ask her to look at my hormone levels. But I wanted to see on here if anyone else has experience migraines directly related to crazy, fluctuating hormone levels. I believe the one I just had occurred on an ovulation day, the last one right after my period started. But without a history of these migraines, I can’t say for certain.