9/3/07 #8 - Severe depression after a Migraine?

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    I was wondering if other migraine suffers experienced severe depression after having a migraine. I have had migraines at least once a month since my teens and now I am in my 40's. Knowing full well that the next day after one of the migraines would be a day of trying to rest and recoup.

     

    However the headache I suffered a week ago Saturday has left me in a severe case of depression. I have not left my home in over a week and only getting fully dressed on 2 occasions. I have no desire to do my normal activates or even get off the couch. My question is, can migraines trigger extended severe depression? Thanks, Denise.

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    Dear Denise;

     

    First, whenever our Migraines change their pattern, as yours have, we need to check in with our doctors to be sure that's all that's going on. Second, while some depression can be part of the last phase of a Migraine attack, the postdrome, no, it shouldn't be severe depression as you describe.

     

    Have you, by chance, been feeling depressed recently? Although researchers haven't clearly defined it yet, there is a link between clinical depression and Migraine disease. Please see your doctor to discuss this.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: September 03, 2007