First Migraine, 10 days, fear something worse?

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    Never suffered headache before. Sudden severe headaches taking migraleve. Only taking away pain for an hour. Other symptoms being neck ache lack of concentration and inability to focus for any long length of time. This is totally out of the ordinary for me also having increasing periods of palpitations, dizziness and feeling nauseated. My doctor tells me I have migraine but I fear something worse. It's been going on for 10 days meds having less of an effect can you give me any advice on where to go from here? Emma.

     

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    Dear Emma;

     

    MigraLieve is for preventing Migraines, not stopping a Migraine once you have it. Migraines shouldn't last more than 72 hours. When they do, it's time to see our doctor for help. Did your doctor order any tests to rule out other problems? Is there any history of Migraine in your family. With a first Migraine going on so long, your doctor might want to order a CT Scan or MRI to rule out other problems such as aneurysm, tumor, or stroke. Statistically, it's unlikely to be anything more serious, but it can happen.

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    If your doctor isn’t able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists. Of course, you could start with a local neurologist if there would be a long wait to see a Migraine specialist.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: July 27, 2010