Self-Diagnosed Migraines with major increase in frequency?

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    Although I have never been officially diagnosed, I have been experiencing migraines for as long as I can remember. With each migraine I experience an auro for 10-15 minutes before the migraine where my vision becomes blurred as if I have water in my eyes, which is usually followed, though not always by a headache that varies from mild to severe. My head feels out of whack usually for about 24 hours from the onset of the initial symptoms. Fortunately these headaches have traditionally been infrequent occurring 1-3 times roughly in a 3 month span and there have been periods where I went close to a year without having one. However, during the past week I have had 6 and it is really freaking me out. I am a 33 year old male in pretty good health. I exercise frequently and do not have any other conditions that I am aware of. The only possible culprit I can think of is caffeine. I have always avoided caffeine until this past week when I started having a cup or two of coffee throughout the day. Is this cause for concern? Aulston.

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    Dear Aulston;


    Any unexplained head pain is a potential cause for concern and should be checked out, especially since you've never been diagnosed by anyone but yourself. The chances of this being anything dangerous aren't very high, but the safe thing to do is to see your doctor.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: July 17, 2012