Constant Migraines after heart attack?

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    I had gotten one migraine a year since age 19 until I was 41 and had a heart attack. Since then (I am now 47 ) I have gotten migraines constantly and I am at my wits end. Do you think It is related to the MI, possibly a vascular issue? I have had 2 neurologists who say no, and my cardiologist says no, but how can this be coincidental? I took Topamax with some help for 2 years but then started severely losing my hair. Now on Zonegran for over a year and I am getting strange numbness in my arm waking me at night followed by headache, also feel like I always have a headache and vertigo. I am beside myself and can barely function at my job. I need help! Kelly.

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    Dear Kelly;


    Although there are 300 medical and surgical conditions that have a tie to headaches and Migraines, TIA, strokes, and myocardial infarction (MI) are on the list. I'd seek a Migraine and headache expert knowledgeable in the ins-and-outs of cardiovascular issues in women your age with Migraines. If you need help finding a specialist, there's a link to our listings below.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: January 05, 2010