Last two migraines totally different. Normal change?

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    I started having migraines with aura two years ago at 57. The last two migraines have been totally different. I will be fine and then all at once the nausea is unbearable, and then the throwing up starts, then the pain comes in sharp and throbbing on my left side behind my eye with jaw and ear pain. It lasts 24-48 hours then hangover is for 2-3 days. Is this normal for such a change? Tommye.



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    Dear Tommye;


    Migraine symptoms and patterns can change over time. When the change is dramatic, as yours is, it's important to see your doctor to be sure that all of your symptoms truly are from migraine and not something else that may need medical attention.

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    There are four possible phases to a migraine attack. The fourth one, which occurs after the headache phase, is the postdrome. Some people do call it a "migraine hangover." You can find more about the phases of a migraine and their potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine.


    Please do make an appointment to see your doctor about these "different" migraines. That will ensure that these symptoms are "normal" for you, and give you the opportunity to talk with your doctor about how to best treat them.


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    David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert


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Published On: September 15, 2014