White Matter Brain Lesions

jessica Community Member March 23, 2012
  • I have been suffering from Migraines since Janurary 2012. The migraines have been everyday. My primary Dr sent me to get a MRI which showed I have several White Matter Brain Lesions which he thinks is causing my migraines. I am seeing a Neurologists and still my PCP. I am taking Topamax 100mg daily and Fiorcert daily. The Fiorcert I seem to be taking more and more to try to ease the pain of my migraines recently I have been which have not been helpin as a matter of fact neither meds are helping but both Doctors said they want to wait until May to see me? I am frustrated and at a loss. I have been recently been keeping track of my blood pressure lately it has been 102/67 even without taking any meds when i do take Fiorcert it is lower. There is no real diagnoses yet only "Migraines". I feel something else is going on I am just not sure what I have tried to talk to both dcotors about this and my feelings. This is not me I am 34yrs old and live a active live but recently it has not been so active. I am at a loss any advice is helpful

     

    Thank you

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    Mar. 24, 2012

    Hello, and welcome to HealthCentral's Migraine Community!

    I'm glad you've found us. We have information that may be helpful on your new journey. Let me first say that taking Migraine abortive meds such as triptans or any kind of pain med, like Fiorcet, more than two days a week, could create another problem called medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound....

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    Hello, and welcome to HealthCentral's Migraine Community!

    I'm glad you've found us. We have information that may be helpful on your new journey. Let me first say that taking Migraine abortive meds such as triptans or any kind of pain med, like Fiorcet, more than two days a week, could create another problem called medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.    

     

    It is good that you are talking with your doctor, because anyone who has three or more Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about prevention. There's growing evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. A recent study showed that Migraines can cause brain damage, and that people with three or more Migraines a month are more susceptible to this damage. For more information, see Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease?Yes, Migraines Can Cause Brain Damage, and Migraine with Aura Linked to Late-Life Brain Lesions.

     

    Here is some information to get you ready for your appointment, Migraineurs Guide to a Successful Doctor's Appointment.

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost. SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

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  • Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    Mar. 25, 2012

    Hi, Jessica,

     

    I hope you've had time to read the articles Nancy gave you the links for. When it comes to Migraines and white matter lesions, it's more likely to be the other way around from what your doctors have said. It's more likely that Migraines have caused the white matter lesions. Obviously, we can't say that's the case for you, but that's what's...

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    Hi, Jessica,

     

    I hope you've had time to read the articles Nancy gave you the links for. When it comes to Migraines and white matter lesions, it's more likely to be the other way around from what your doctors have said. It's more likely that Migraines have caused the white matter lesions. Obviously, we can't say that's the case for you, but that's what's seen with most Migraineurs. It would also lead one to wonder if you've had had Migraines longer than you realize.

     

    Teri

    • jessica
      Mar. 26, 2012

      Teri,

       

      Yes I have come to realize that my little headaches could have possibly caused the lesions. I am learning and do not want to become reliable on medicine my entire life. I know the doctors that I am seeing at this time do not seem to be listening very much but I am getting a second opinion. I am trying different things like going for walks,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Teri,

       

      Yes I have come to realize that my little headaches could have possibly caused the lesions. I am learning and do not want to become reliable on medicine my entire life. I know the doctors that I am seeing at this time do not seem to be listening very much but I am getting a second opinion. I am trying different things like going for walks, meditiating, finding my triggers, keeping a migraine/headache diary and trying to sleep better. I am also happy i found the website. I did not get a chance to read the articles yet but will do so today. Any advice or information to look up is more than welcomed!

       

      Thank you