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Still getting migraines over ten years after concussion

  • By BudgieLover

    Hi Everyone,

    So I have been getting what have been diagnosed by a neurologist (only last year!) as silent migraines ever since I suffered a concussion when I was seventeen. I am now 32.

    I never sought treatment after the concussion, and I am not sure if that has something to do with it. The doctor would not speak of a possible link between the two, even though I know for a fact this started after the concussion.

    There are times when I will be sick for three or four days in a row. My body aches everywhere, sensitivity of all senses, nausea, frequent urination, the whole lot except acute pain in head. The worst part for me, however, is how I cannot form a clear thought in my head. It is like my brain is jumbled, and I will often say the wrong word or be unable to finish my thoughts. On days when my head is clear, I am mentally sharp and feel like a normal human being. It is so hard because in life we are expected to perform consistently, and nobody understands if you tell them you are acting different because of a migraine. So, I have to try and hide how I feel, even though it is hard when one of my eyes is drooping and my face is as white as a ghost. 🙁 Thank goodness for makeup…

    The doctor prescribed me an antidepressant to help, but I am not keen on taking them long term. However, I am getting these episodes weekly. There are times where I go a while without being sick (precious rare times), but weekly episodes have been what I’ve been dealing with for years.

    So, I guess my question here is if anyone here has found any relief outside of the merry-go-round of prescription meds? I have tried avoiding certain foods and the like, with no success. I don’t know if this is just something I am going to have to deal with forever, or if there is any way that I can take control of this situation without depending on meds which I inevitably build a tolerance to which results in having to try a new med, and so on.

    Thank you if you read this far into my desperate rant. <3

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  • By Christina Mattoni-Brashear Moderator

    Hi BudgieLover,

    Thank you so much for reaching out with your question and for being part of our community here! I’m so sorry to hear what you’ve been experiencing – it can be so frustrating to keep trying relief methods that don’t work for you. You’re definitely not alone here!

    If you haven’t seen these yet, I thought these articles may have some new ideas for relief that you may want to explore:

    https://migraine.com/blog/three-rounds-botox-may-necessary-get-relief/
    https://migraine.com/blog/pooping-as-migraine-relief-yes-i-said-it/
    https://migraine.com/blog/headache-camp/
    https://migraine.com/blog/headache-camp-round-2/
    https://migraine.com/blog/patient-perspectives-medical-marijuana/

    Please stop by and let us know how you’re doing!

    Take care,
    -Christina (Migraine.com Team)

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