Waking with Migraines, hot flash a few hours before?

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    I have suffered from migraines since I was a child, and I am 29. I have tried tons of different meds for it. Not really sure why I get them, I wake up from my sleep with them. Usually I will wake with like a hot flash a few hours before it hits. Why is this? I also had one last nite and part of my face was numb and this has happened before. Just wondering. Thanks! Holly.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Holly;


    The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:

    • too much sleep
    • too little sleep
    • disrupted sleep
    • poor quality sleep
    • irregular sleep schedule

    Have you and your doctor discussed your sleep? If not, you should. Many people really have no idea they're have sleep issues until a doctor asks the right question. There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep. If it turns out that a sleep issue is not the problem, then identifying your triggers should still be a priority.

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    As for the hot flash, are you near menopause? If so, the hot flash might signify that there's a hormonal trigger for your Migraines. If not, the hot flash could be a symptom of the Migraines.


    Given your new symptom of facial numbness, you need to check in with your doctor. Whenever new symptoms occur, you should check with your doctor to be sure they really are Migraine symptoms and not something else.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: August 23, 2010