Hi,I have recently being diagnosed as having Migraine, but I don't feel my symptoms match Migraine. Basically I have a headache non-stop since the beginning of this year. Somedays just a dull ache, other days so severe I vomit. On the days it is just a dull ache I also suffer from short sharp stabbing pains several times a day. My headache is localised to the left and this is only where I get the stabbing pains also. When the headache is severe I feel like I am going to die and no pain killers ease it. Do any other Migraine sufferers have the same symptoms as me ?
I hope this helps. Please keep me posted on how you're doing?
Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I am still waiting for my follow up appointment with the neurologist as so far I have just been diagnosed by letter. My first consultation he sent me for an urgent CT scan with contrast...for some reason though I actually was given an open MRI without contrast. The results were inconclusive so I was then sent for an urgent Lumbar Puncture as they were suspecting ICH, but this was ruled out due to a low opening pressure of 7cm. What concerns me also are the other symptoms I suffering ie. poor memory, episodes of pins and needles in my head, face, left arm and leg, black spots in my vision in both eyes constant, tiredness and generally just feeling weak and fed up. Are these symptoms consistent with Migraine also ?
I have heard about drug rebound headaches before and I have taken this on board and I now only take pain killers if I feel I can't manage the pain, so perhaps twice a week. The neurologist did prescribe me Amitryptiline to be taken at night but this just made me feel even worse as not only did I still have my headache but I also felt very hungover. I just feel I am being left to rot with my symptoms now, especially as my GP said, there is nothing else they can do.
Yes, I now how you feel, same side too - Left. The migraines are under control, but not cured. The daily headache...still there - I hate the days when I go to sleep with it and wake up with it. I'd said for the last decade I'e had a headace and I don't remember a day without one. * I keep a headache diary. Ice-picks, those can be frightening and even momentarily debilitating. When they happend while driving it's all I can do do sto stay the course. So what works for me? Good migraine speacialist in my Neuro's office., drink LOTS of water, keep a diary, carry rescure and abortive migraine medication with me. I take an herbal supplement named Migramedic twice a day which works wonders for the keep the migraines under control. The daily, the ice picks, the occasional migraine.....some days it kicks my a#$# and I just get so tired from pain. Some days I'm fighting. I also eat a diet that avoids any known triggers that I have. You are not alone, but there are things you can do to help you gain control or at least track what is happening to you and it really helps your migraine doc. Hang in there!