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  • ulav8r
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    Also, don't ignore a severe headache that lasts for days. Early last year my wife had a headache that followed a sinus infection. The headache started on Thursday, by Sunday it was still very bad. About 2:00 PM I realized she was in bad shape and managed to get her into the car and headed to the emergency room. She was in a coma for 4 days. A spinal tap on Monday morning indicated severe infection, she was put on three antibiotics in hopes that one of them would help. It took two days for a conclusive indentification of the bacteria involved. Luckily, two of the antibiotics were the best possible for her infection. She was in intensive care for one week and had a total hospital stay of three weeks. She can tell that her mental processes are not as quick and clear as they used to be, but she is extremely lucky to be alive.

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  • lwalker
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    See a neurologist not a regular doctor. My wife has always had migraines occasionally, but about 2 years ago started having really, really bad ones. Passed out a few times, complete loss of vision for a few hours on many occasions, unable to move around, etc. Doctors had no idea what it was, then a scan suggested a brain tumor.

    She went to a neurologist for a second opinion and was almost immediately diagnosed with a rare brain disease that presents similar to a tumor, but is not life threatening (if treated properly) and is treatable with medication.

    Similarly, I had a girlfriend a long time ago who had a migraine so bad that she lost her memory of a week. I mean she literally picked her head up off the table and thought it was Sunday one week earlier: she lost all memory of the previous week.
    I rushed her to the ER, they found nothing wrong, gave her some extra strength Tylenol and sent her home! She had already been under care of a neurologist and when Monday came around went to see him. He diagnosed her with (I think -- it's been about 10 years) "complicated confusional migraine" and prescribed an anti-epileptic medication for the pain but couldn't do anything about the memory loss. He did say that she was lucky she didn't also lose vision as temporary vision loss is also one of the symptoms. Memory slowly came back over the next few months.

    Anyway, go see a specialist: some of them actually know what they're doing.

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  • kf2qd
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    Migraines...

    Hurt so bad you would consider shooting yourself, except the gun shot would be too stinkin' loud. Light hurts, dark hurts sound hurts silence hurts moving hurts not moving hurts. lasted 2 - 4 hours. head just hurt all over. Had them in my early 20's, haven't had one in a few years now. (51 years old now)

    Now I deal with the occular migraines. Flickeries in a portion of my vision. If it is in the periphery of my vision it is just annoying, in the central area of vision it is real hard to do much of anything. last 20-30 minutes and then go away. Generally no headache afterward.

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  • Evan
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    That isn't a migraine Alistair. That is an entirely different problem called TMJD (TemporoMandibular Joint Disorder). It is very painful and nearly as bad as a migraine but not the same. I know because I have the condition. It isn't just caused by grinding teeth although that will aggravate the problem. It can be caused by jaw misalignment, teeth misalignment or in many cases by the wrong phase of the moon. When mine is acting up it feels like all of my teeth have a toothache at the same time. I can't talk well, I can't think well and pain relievers don't work. It can last for a long time. One episode I had lasted for over a month.

    I have also had one migraine headache in my life, actually worse than a migraine but of similar cause. About 15 to 20 years ago there was an uncommon cold virus circulating at a low level that caused a form of viral menengitis which produces a temporary and usually non life threatening swelling of the lining of the brain. It's not deadly like the usual menengitis but it produces the same symptoms at first which is a blinding unbearable headache.

    It lasted for three days during which time suicide began to seem like a viable treatment option. When it finally faded away my eyes hurt to move from side to side for the next week.

    I can truly feel sorry for those that suffer from regular migraines and am glad that it isn't one of the symptoms that often accompanies fibromyalgia. If it did it would probably be the last straw.

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  • Alistair Hosie
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    Migranes can be caused by grinding your teeth too much especially during sleep a small splint can be made to wear during sleep at any dental hospital with sometimes amazing results as there is pressure exerted at the temperal mandibular joint. when the teeth are ground it causes the bones in this region to rub .I say this is not the only cause of migranes but it can help and has helped millions here in europe.Alistair

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  • RancherBill
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    Go to a Doctor. Write down all you can remember about the headache, the day before, the day after, food, sleep etc. Give the Doc something more than "I had a headache" to work with.

    It doesn't sound like a classic migraine to me, but, it does sound like it should be looked at.

    I used to have classic migraines 20-30 times a year. When I became approx 20 YO they stopped entirely. I was an extremely happy person.

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  • michael3fingers
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    Me and my father and probly his father have been having these all our lives. I am 29 now and I get one maybe once a year. I used to get them monthly.


    I see people rubbing their forehead and saying "oh..... oh, I have a migraine"

    They have NO idea.

    This is how a migraine plays out for me.

    I get a small blind spot, that gradually gets bigger and swirls around my field of view. (1 hour)

    One side of my body goes numb, Although I have still got control of my limbs i cant really feel one side. I can walk still. (this is on and off for about 1 1/2 hours)

    About now a splitting headache sets in ( this will last for about 2 -3 days)

    Confusion, I can normally see ok and the numbness is fading, But I can not think clearly or concentrate on anything.

    Speech , I cannot speak clearly, I do not slurr or anything but I cannot complete sentences well.

    I know now things are starting to wind up. I can usually return to the land of the living within 24 hours.

    But my head will pound and will feel doughy in the head for a couple days.

    I took some Caffergot for the first time when I had my last one ( last week funnily enough) and all it seemed to do was prolong it.

    I have been over them in excluding the headache in 3 hours before but the last one was horrible.

    My Dad and I both suffer from hayfever, my Dad seems to think that management of his hayfever has subdued them a bit. This may be true since my last one came on a couple of days after my antihistamines have run out.

    Dad also finds that dropping a couple of phenerghan (antihistamines) at the onset it helps reduce the symptoms. I think this is probly because they are sometimes used as a sedative. And I have found that once these things set in its best to go to sleep.

    There are so many different triggers, after every migraine I can think of at least a couple.

    I dont drink, smoke , eat junk food, I exercise heaps. So i dont know why.

    I have been on zolopft for anxiety now for about 4 years, I think this has had something to do with the lower rate.

    My heart goes out to anyone who has these things they really are awefull

    they are caused by a contraction of blood vessels in your brain..

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  • Evan
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    Eating bad foodstuffs, much easier to relate to as the effects follow either instantly or fairly shortly after the exposure.
    That is only typical of allergic reactions to food. True allergic reactions are generally not as common as people think but when they exist the reaction is usually very prompt and often severe to the point of anaphylactic shock and possible death. It is very rare for a true food allergy to produce immediate but mild symptoms. If the reaction is prompt it is normally always severe as well.

    There are many types of reactions that have long delay times, usually on the order of 1 to 2 days. These are typically food intolerances which do not involve a prompt response from the immune system. This makes it very difficult to relate cause and effect. Conditions such a lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, enzyme deficiencies and the inability to destroy toxic food ingredients may cause a wide variety of symptoms including both physical reactions both external and internal as well a having psychoactive effects, both positive and negative, usually in that order.

    Symptoms may include irritable bowel syndrome, flu like symptoms, headache, visual disturbances, sensitive skin with burning sensations, tingling in extremities and more.

    Very frequently such reactions also produce at first a sensation of well being from the body's response to insult which is to produce natural pain killers called endorphins. These can be very powerful but they don't last more than a couple of hours. When they wear off then it is usual for the mood to swing strongly to a down side with extreme irritability and often anxiety.

    The only way to diagnose these sort of problems is to undertake an elimination diet. It's beyond the scope of this reply to describe in detail how that works but it does work. However, it only works if the diet is followed exactly with no "cheating" or deviation from the plan. There is plenty of information on line from reputable groups that represent the interests of people with a wide range of these types of problems.

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    By all means, find a doctor, preferably a neurologist. The intense pains on one side of the face coming in burst are reminiscent of my former case of trigeminal neiralgia. It's sometimes called "Tic doloreaux", French for painful tic.

    We all share twelve cranial nerves on each side of our head. These nerves descend through the brain pan more or less vertically downward to their various connections. The fifth cranial nerve on each side is called the Trigeminal nerve. I've been told that it's the largest single nerve in the human body. It controls the nerves and sensation to the face as well as the salivary glands and the jaw.

    In my case, a cranial artery had begun to press on the trigeminal nerve with terrible affect. The pain was searing, worse than one can describe. I took medication for about ten years until the medication wouldn't work anymore. I finally got to a different HMO with a neurologist who arranged for brain surgery. After a long operation to separate the nerve and artery, I was cured. No more medication.

    The symptoms seem similar. Trigeminal neuralgia is most commonly found in middle-aged persons and most often the pain is on one side, the right side in a typical case. I'd get to a doctor immediately since there are other causes for cranial pain that can be much more sinister. Don't wait on this,

    My 2 cents.
    Last edited by gnm109; 10-12-2009, 05:24 PM.

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  • darryl
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    Thanks for the replies. That does raise a couple things I've wondered about, one of which is environment. I've often felt that my body undergoes a sort of 'tensioning' effect in response to say, something in the air. Maybe trying to block it out, that sort of thing. It seems that maybe my breathing lessens, (voluntarily, or unvoluntarily), and that probably exaggerates any chemical imbalance that I might already have, for whatever reasons. That would equate to higher blood pressure probably. I'm thinking that moving to the country, not downwind from busy places, might give some relief from some of this. It worked for my dad. But this is all just guessing at possible causes and fixes- nothing to base any precise course of action on. I haven't had this symptom for maybe a year now, so maybe in my case it would be best to start with doing the normal things to remain relatively healthy, like drink enough water, don't breathe in smoke from burning pc boards, etc. As grandma used to say, 'eat your veggies, etc'- maintain a healthy diet. Good for anyone, anyway.

    In my roomates case, I would suspect possible allergies, and one thing which makes me say that is that we went into a local business where the owner was eating a white chocolate bar, and had had some leftovers and wasn't feeling well. I reacted to being in there, and maybe that's what triggered her- I also had a piece of the white chocolate and my throat instantly went sore. Environmental factors, maybe in specific combinations- hard one to decypher. Eating bad foodstuffs, much easier to relate to as the effects follow either instantly or fairly shortly after the exposure.

    Her doctor apparently isn't much interested in trying to track down reasons for what appear to be minor health issues, as JT said- they have too many things to think about besides delving deeply into every patients little issues. Yes, if you fell down dead in their office, they would probably take notice. I know several people who are unable to get a handle on their health problems, even in cases where they do finally get referred to what's supposed to be the appropriate 'specialist'. One friend is being eaten alive from the inside of her blood vessels, and so far there's been no answers even after several specialists and more than three years of trying (through the medical system) to find a cause and cure or treatment.

    I appreciate the advice 'get to a doctor', rather than try to self-diagnose based on advice solicited on the innernet. That's not to dismiss the advice one can find on this forum- this is about the best place I've found to find out about almost anything.

    Thanks all, and have a good weekend.

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    deductive reasoning

    Your attacks are so few it would be hard to connect it to your friends but I would try to start there just so you might be able to rule it out,

    Example; You occupy the same space together, if your main attack happens around this time of year then check your furnace for proper flu draw

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  • Evan
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    there are certain things i eat that will give me a migraine for a short time.
    That is a well known phenomena. The most common cause is the amino acid reduction product tyramine which derives from tyrosine. Certain foods are especially high in tyrosine which turns into tyramine when aged.

    Any leftover more than 48 hours old
    Anything aged, dried, fermented, salted, smoked or pickled especially pepperoni, salami and liverwurst.
    Aged cheese.
    Fava or broad beans, sauerkraut, pickles, olives. Any fermented soy products
    All nuts.
    All alcoholic and fermented beverages especially red wine
    MSG

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  • S_J_H
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    I am 48 and was about 21 when I got my first migraine. I'll never forget it. I thought, holy crap I'm going blind!...I've been poisoned etc . Had to call my wife (girl friend at that time) to come and get me from work.

    I was just working away when my field of vision went haywire. Flashing lighting bolt type shapes and a sort of tunnel vision. Really bizarre.
    That lasted around 20 mins and then wham!, an intense headache followed for several hours.
    Saw my doc and had a whole bunch of tests done.
    It was determined I was having "classic" migraines.
    For many years I would get them 4-5 times a year and it scared the crap out of me as they came without warning and if I was in the wrong place at the time, the vision disturbance could really be a problem.
    As I got older I no longer feared them. I just wait them out and understand it's not really dangerous.
    I have determined a major cause of them (for me) , cooking onions! Sweet white onions are not a problem, but strong yellow onions cause them with about a 75% regularity.
    I now get them maybe at most 1 time a year.

    I agree 100%. do not diagnose this yourself. One must see a doctor with these symptoms to rule out a more serious condition.
    Steve

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  • J Tiers
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    Migraine doubtful, they last far longer. More like a "cluster headache", but that's short even for them.

    Advice here is worthless or worse than worthless, get it checked out.

    Unfortunately, these are the sort of things that are apt to be dismissed by doctors who have "more serious" things to think about.

    I had a lot of headaches for a while, all much longer duration, and I found that as a rule, the doctor was not interested unless when you got one you fell down, passed out, couldn't smell/taste, or other more "interesting" symptoms occurred. Best advice is to have the details ready when discussing with doctor.

    I found that certain cheeses, certain red wines, and some other items were good for one. I've managed to mostly avoid them since.
    Last edited by J Tiers; 10-11-2009, 11:44 AM.

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  • Weston Bye
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    I have experienced the condition Peter Neill described, the PVD. Annoying, but it cleared up. Still important enough to merit a visit to the opthamologist.

    Another flashing lights phenomonon is the optic migrain. In my case, it starts as a sparkling flashing spot just off center of the middle of the field of vision and grows to obstruct or appear as a crescent in half the field of view in both eyes, and is apparent with eyes opened or closed. In some people it may accompany a headache, but I only have the visual symptoms. The "fit" lasts 30-45 minutes. Again, annoying but not serious, except when driving.

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