Stroke risk -- How to tell a normal migraine and one that needs the ER?

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    I have been reading of connections of migraine to stroke and heart disease. I have had migraines for 20 years and every time think i may die from the pain. Is there any way of knowing the difference between a normal migraine and one I should head to the emergency room for? I am developing anxiety about having a stroke during a migraine as i normally just wait it out in bed, no one would even know. Lyndal.

     
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    Dear Lyndal;

     

    It's important to know of the link between Migraine and stroke and heart disease, but it's also important to keep that link in perspective. Take a close look at our newest article on the subject, More Evidence Links Migraine and Stroke Risk, particularly the summary and comments section.

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    What's "normal" for you is something that only you and your doctor can determine. You need to have a discussion with your doctor about this. Ask him when you should go to the emergency room, and ask him about reducing the stroke risks that you can control.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: June 15, 2010