Over the past two weeks, the severity and frequency of my migraines has been increasing greatly. Today I had a migraine that had a very sudden onset and affected my mental processes for an amount of time. What is odd about these headaches, compared to the ones I normally have, is the affect medicine has on them. I was able to take 600 mg of ibuprofen and lay down for an hour with the result of decreased pain, though it is far from gone. The headache pain generally starts in the front of my head and radiates backwards and to the sides, covering my skull and ending somewhere in my neck or shoulders, depending on the individual headache. I have had these increased headaches/migraines for at least two weeks every day now. The pain itself is mostly pressure, but it does have bolts of pain occasionally and sometimes throbs.
A little about my past: I am currently 23 and I was diagnosed with migraines at 8 after a CT Scan and EEG showed no signs of a brain tumor (thank goodness). Because of my age, my mom chose not to have me on daily prescription medicine. I have not been back to the doctor for my headaches since and only use OTC medication. I have had daily headaches as long as I can remember, though they were much more manageable than now. Only a small number of my migraines have included auras. Most of the moderate to severe headaches include sensitivity to light, sound, and motion and cause nausea. This has been since I was a child.
I have considered going back to the doctor, though it would be difficult financially. For now, I am wondering if anyone has ideas as to what could be causing these new headaches and the increase in pain in the daily headaches, which would give me a place to start researching before an appointment. Any advice would help!