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Friday, October 10, 2008 meli, Community Member, asks

Q: can a migraine last over three days??

i've had the same headach for three days. it is only on the left side of my head and it hurts. light and sound cause throbbing on my head. i am unsure if i should go to the doctor. althought on the third day my head doesnt hurt as much.

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
10/14/08 5:16pm



A Migraine that lasts 72 hours or longer with less than a solid four-hour pain-free period, while awake, is termed status Migrainous. You should see your doctor or go to the emergency room if a Migraine lasts that long. See Status Migrainous - The Basics for more information.


Take care of yourself,


Nebula, Community Member
10/10/08 9:52pm

Hey Meli,


My migraines are usually just on the left side of my head and neck...and I know that is a common symptom in most sufferers.


I've had migraines last for days before, but I've always been able to take perscribed abortive medications (usually imitrex). In my experience I take the meds, it doesn't go away completely and just continues to get worse. Then I am forced to take a huge dose of medication...don't know how you lived through three whole days without anything.


Is this the first time that you have experienced this? It might just be a one time thing; the seasons are changing and headaches are common during those times.


If it's not an isolated incident I would probably make an appointment with a doctor, neurologist, or headache specialist. Glad you are finally feeling better

Norma H, Community Member
10/11/08 1:15pm

Light, sound, smell...all these things can affect the intensity of the pain.  Yes, you need to go the dr, a neurolologist to get proper treatment, but in the immediate you can always visit the local emergency room for some relief until you can get to the doctor's office.


Typically migraines last - at least for me - 3 - 5 days straight with no treatment, but I have learned to take medication to keep the pain away, or if they get worse, generally by the 2nd or 3rd day, usually I cant take them anymore at night, I go to the emergency room, and then visit my doctor within the next few days.


awolf24, Community Member
10/13/08 10:08am

Yes, they can.  If you are still in pain and have not had any treatment, I would go to an ER or at least see your doctor so that they can help you. 

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