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Silent migraine – aura like brain squeezing

  • By carol810

    Has anyone heard of this or experienced it? I’ve had migraine without aura since my teens (late 30’s now), and chronic headache. 12 days ago I had a sudden feeling like someone was squeezing my brain and I would get an adrenaline rush and feel cold all over. It happened a few times and I thought I was having a stroke. Went to the ER and they didn’t do any imaging, but said it was migraine aura without pain. This came on suddenly and I have never had aura before. (My son and sister do get aura.) It came back less severely the next day and ibuprofen and Benadryl stopped it. A few days later it came back again, and I called and they had me take repeated doses of Maxalt and that stopped it. Then a few days later, again, and the Maxalt stopped it. Today it happened again and I’m not sure if I didn’t hit it hard enough with the Maxalt doses, but it started to get worse later in the day. An MD friend said I could add Aleve and a bunch of caffeine. After about an hour it finally has mostly subsided. I plan to ask about seeing a neurologist again (it’s been a few years), but has anyone experienced something like this? I have been just exhausted most days since this started and I can’t find any info on this migraine symptom, although the docs told me they had seen it. Thanks!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi carol810,

    I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing extended pain. It’s not uncommon for our migraine patterns and symptoms to change over time, but it IS important to have them evaluated by a doctor so he/she can make sure everything checks out OK.

    Please let me know how you make out,
    Nancy

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