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Q: Is it normal to get a migraine 3 times in 4 days?

My husband had to go o the emergency room Monday night and was admitted to the hospital until Wed. afternoon. He 1st had blurry vision for about a half an hour Monday afternoon and then around 5pm that night he had blurry vision a horrible headache around his right temple and at one point lost vsion in his left eye(all he could see out of that eye was colors) plus nausea. The hospital was worried he had a mini stroke. They did a catscan, MRI, lots of bloodwork(which the bloodwork did come back all out of whack, high white blood count). He expierienced another headache while at the hospital.  Well by the end they said it was Optical Migraines. He's home now, (Thurs @9:30pm) suffering from yet another painful headache. The pain is at the same area and it started with his vision getting blurry. Is it normal to get a migraine 3 times in 4 days?

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
3/13/09 3:02pm



Your husband needs to follow up with his own doctor. One of the most important things is to get an accurate diagnosis. To simplify matters and make it easier for people to get information and treatment, doctors usually go by the gold standard for diagnosis, the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). Under ICHD-II, there is no diagnosis of "optical Migraine." We do see it used, but doctors use it differently, so it really doesn't tell anyone what type of Migraine you actually have. You can read more about this in Ocular, Optical, and Opthalmic Migraines and The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


It would be unusual to have multiple Migraines that close together, but not impossible.


Another reason to follow up with his doctor is to see why his bloodwork was unusual. A high white count often indicates infection, but his doctor is really the only person who can address this. 


Your and your husband are bound to be going through a rough time. If you'd like some additional support, come join our discussion forum. You'll need to register again once there because it's a separate membership database, but you can use the same member name, email address, and password that you used here. You can find our forum at


Good luck,


gem, Community Member
3/27/09 11:32pm

Maybe it's still the same headache that never went away -  just let up enough for a little while before increasing in strength again?   Just a guess . . . I have migraines that sometimes last for days to over a week, occasionally letting up for bit enough to think it went away, then there it is again (same one)   I agree w/ Teri - she knows what she's talking about.  Going to the dr. is definitely the best option to cover all bases.   In the meantime, what was going on when the migraine let up?  Anything obvious you could pinpoint?  Any additonal meds they prescribed for him until he can see a dr.?  If so, at least there is some warning that it's coming, in order to take meds before it kicks in full force)  Regardless, you need to get him in there asap to address it all. 

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By CindyRhettswife, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/02/10, First Published: 03/05/09