I have had headaches all my life, I'm 19 now. These past three months my headaches have gotten way worse, I tend to wake up every single morning with a severe headache. No pain medicines work nothing anyone has tried will help me. They are so severe I've had to quit my job. Also when I get a bad one my legs start to feel very weak. It's almost like I can not live a normal every day life anymore. Any suggestions on what to do? Medicines? Where I should go? Katie.
Waking with a headache or Migraine is most often tracked back to sleep issues...
too much sleep
too little sleep
an irregular sleep schedule
poor quality sleep
Many patients have sleep issues even though they think their sleep is perfectly adequate and of good quality. See Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
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