There are some kinds of migraines which happen in an exceptional case. There are some points following below:
1. A retinal Migraine
2. A hemiplegic Migraine
3. A Menstrual Migraine
4. An Abdominal Migraine
5. A Vestibular Migraine
Is the abdominal migraine as the classic migraine with vomiting and severe headache with aura because this was the type headaches I had from early child hood until I was 37 then had no headache of any kind for almost 3 years and the summer before my 40 the birthday the doctors thought I had an inflimation of my optic nerve and called it optic neuritus but the migraines continued for three years then went away for about 6 months then came back with a fury a month after my 44th birthday and marriage and have not subsided. My meds keep them somewhat abated. I found out a few years ago what the ER doctor call optic neuritis was actually a migrainous stroke which affected the optic nerve of both eyes and damage my peripheral vision as well as my depths perception.
I have decided I needed to keep repeating myself so someday someone will see and include–syncope migraines! Yes, unusual and my doctor says rare, but they take migraine suffering to a whole new level. Another episode and I have to give up my car. So far they have only occurred early in the morning or late, late at night just before bed, but who knows when they will change again and start happening in the middle of the day. Anyone else have fainting as their aura? No fun.
Wow! That must be unbelievably frustrating. At this point, I don’t question too many symptoms – it seems anything is possible with migraine disease!
I am sorry you are going through this. Do you have any warning signs before an episode is on the way. I may be comparing apples and oranges, but my dad experienced syncope which usually occurred when he was dehydrated, overly hungry and/or tired. Just my two cents worth.
That’s a good way to put it…. undiscovered country! I also deal with dysmetropsia, but always had it so mildly I never mentioned it to anyone. Things just looked “little” to me from time to time. But during my last migraine, it went full blown and my arms grew and the bed got tall. Freaky as all get out. Luckily my neurologist had already diagnosed me and I had read up on it so I was prepared. It only lasted about 30 minutes so I just sat back and enjoyed the weirdness of it all. If you’ve never heard of it, look it up. I used to think these people were nuts, but now I believe them! They think Lewis Carroll had it and he suffered from migraines too. Also known as AIWS or Todd’s syndrome.
I know what you mean by sitting back and enjoying the weirdness of it all! My first migraine was a classic migraine with a textbook “fortification spectrum.” Additionally, I had blind spots that took the “X” out of an exit sign. I knew it was there, but couldn’t see it unless I moved my head – but then another letter would disappear.
I just sat back and enjoyed the show. It was more enjoyable than the lecture I was attending…until the headache and nausea hit, that is!
Great question! There are four phases of a migraine attack; prodrome, aura, headache and postdrome. However, not everyone will experience aura. Visual aura could be what you are describing, but only a doctor can confirm that. Here is an article about migraine with aura that may help; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/migraine-typical-aura/.
thanks for this discussion, it has helped a lot – knowing there are more than one type of migraine puts my ‘odd’ ones into perspective.
My spirit doctor (I am a working medium) told me the other night to look up abdominal migraines and yes, these are regular ‘visitors’ to my life. They last until I empty my stomach completely, then I feel totally normal again but unable to eat. I keep a glass of water with me all the time, at home and at work and am constantly drinking, which stops me dehydrating when a violent vomiting session hits, which it does, without warning.
This is a wonderful forum, it’s hard to know where to start, so many people giving so much comfort and encouragement to others, I would wish the world generally was this good a place.
Hi. I decided to switch forums as my migraines are getting a bit noisier. And I’m in my 60’s. And the next available neurologist appointment isn’t for 3 months.
I posted this a long time ago somewhere on the site. But I am interested if others have this symptom or if it has a particular name. It is like having a migraine but the primary pain seems to be an excruciating nerve pain, intermittently stabbing in some other part of the body. It had one recently where it was in my thigh – and I’ve had that location before. Sometimes in or under an arm. It seems that the stabbing pain stays in the same location for that particular attack. It can go on for hours, rarely days, and then the rest of the migraine symptoms set in, sometimes with headache that isn’t extreme.
I sometimes have a similar symptom in my head but usually that seems localized to the area of the trigeminal nerve. That makes sense to me. But a migraine in my thigh? I’m curious about the mechanism that sets off this pain. Does anyone know anything about this?
Thank you for updating us. I’ve not heard of having a migraine attack, pain you describe, in the leg, but who knows? I don’t mean to be flippant, but with migraine disease, it seems anything is possible.
Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you.
In the meantime you can start a list for your doctor, including symptoms and patterns these attacks have.
Wishing you a low pain day,
Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator
Great question! There is a type of headache called primary stabbing headache commonly known as ice pick headache. Some people have described this pain as being like an ice pick through the head. If you’d like to read more about this here is some information; https://migraine.com/living-migraine/ice-pick-headaches/.
If you have new and/or different headache/migraine attack symptoms or patterns it’s always a good idea to let the doctor know so he/she can make sure everything checks out.
Welcome to the Migraine.com discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here!
I wanted to let you know you’re not alone, living with migraine disease can be restricting in some aspects for sure. It’s difficult to live a “normal” life when we’re in constant fear of getting another migraine attack. I try to live every day the best I can, with or without a migraine attack! And some days are easier than others!!
A little update. I finally got to see a neurologist. I have seen many over the years and had given up on preventives about 3 years ago. Either I couldn’t tolerate them or they didn’t work. Every doctor I’ve seen up till now has ruled out beta blockers because my blood pressure tends to run low (e.g. 90/50 but sometimes higher). Anyway, this new neurologist suggest trying propanolol, beginning with 80 mg/day. I decided to give it a go since I was sick with migraine almost daily. This is only my second week but I feel so much better! Nothing I would call a migraine, perhaps an occasional hint of one that goes away. I realize this may not be the end of the story – I’ve read enough to know the migraines might come back. But I just wanted to share some good news for a change in the event that it may help someone else. 🙂