I'm 42 years old and have had migraines for at least 35 years, but recently I've noticed something different happening. The worse my migraine is the more swollen/ distorted my face gets. Also, my right eye starts to close 1/2 way, if that makes any sense. Should I be concerned? I have migraines almost everyday but have a very hectic work schedule so I just deal with them the best I can. Thank you, Dawn.
Any time Migraine patterns and symptoms change, especially when the changes cause concern, it's time to see your doctor. The symptoms you describe could be attributed to Migraine, but they're also symptoms sometimes seen with stroke or TIA. Nobody can answer your question about whether you should be concerned except a doctor who can discuss your symptoms with you and examine you in person. It's not safe to even attempt to answer that question online.
We can certainly understand hectic work schedules, but "dealing with them" the best you can may not be entirely safe, and you're sacrificing quality of life as well. Your best option is to have a long discussion with your doctor about:
- preventive treatments,
- abortive treatments that you could safely use a few days a week without risking medication overuse headache, and
- your options for at least some relief on other days.
If your doctor isn’t able to help you, 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?
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Published On: December 02, 2013