Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #59

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    I had never had a migraine until about 9 months ago, and since then I have had 3 severe ones. Before I started getting them, I rarely got any headaches at all. The pain is so great I end up crying, shaking, and vomiting and it seems like they get worse every time. I'm wondering how to know when to consult a doctor about them. Lindsay.


    Dear Lindsay;

    Have you actually been diagnosed with Migraine disease? Whenever headache or Migraine patterns change or your medications aren't working to control them, it's time to consult your doctor. It's time for you to call your doctor now. There are many medications that can be used to treat Migraine attacks so you don't have to go through what you describe.
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    Statistically, most headaches and Migraine attacks are painful and disruptive, but not dangerous. Still, head pain can be a symptom of other conditions, some serious. Even though many of us have been told, "A Migraine never killed anyone," that's not exactly true. There are cases where Migraines cause fatal strokes and times when a headache or Migraine attack means you need to see a doctor.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 07, 2007