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I have a few question to ask and hope you can help me. In 1996 I started with some headaches and it went to the point that I was seeing double. I am a truck driver and by just turning my head to look in my mirror when I was turning ahead I would see double for a few seconds and it went to the point that it would last longer. So I went to see my doctor and they run test and after almost a year of test an eliminating every thing else one neurologist told me I had basilar migraine. Since than its been pretty good but about 2 months ago it started again with same symptoms vertigo, nausea, trouble standing up. Its been bothering me since and right now I don't dare driving because of the problems. I went to see my doctor and waiting to go see a neurologist but what do I do in the mean time? Some days is ok but a lot of days I have pressure in the back of my neck and if I make fast movement I get nausea and vertigo. What would cause that and is it possible that it would bot...
FullQuestion: I have been suffering from chronic cluster headaches for the past 20 years since I was 25. After numerous CT's and MRI tests from more than 2 dozen internists and neurologists they seem to give up on me. I was prescribed verapamil (480 ml.) prednisone, Depakote, Topamax, Cafergot at different times.They all worked fine for a month or two, then it seems my body is becomes immune and rejects the drug. The headaches continue with a daily vengeance. Recently, I was taking Neurontin - 600 mg day which worked fine for a couple of months. As of today it seems my body is getting accustomed to it and the headaches continue. When I can no longer bear the unbearable pain, I take Maxalt which relieves it, but my prescription plan limits the amount I get every 3 months. I have no choice but to take it sparingly. I have taken Excedrin in huge amounts which is causing cyst in my liver. I am going crazy and cannot live with the daily pain. I ask my neurologist repeated...
My migraines always go in cycles, bad to not so bad, lasting months to years before changing again. Recently they are worse than they have ever been since I started having them 30 years ago. I wake up with it, am nauseous, often vomit, feel like a limp dish rag the next day and take up to 4 days to recover. My neurologist wants to do a sleep study. What will this determine? I've had 3 previous ones and they were all "inconclusive." Toni.
The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:
too much sleep
too little sleep
poor quality sleep
irregular sleep schedule
There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep . A properly conducted sleep study would indicate the presence of any sleep disorders, and give a good sense of the quality of your sleep.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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