Can my migraines be caused from bad eyesight?

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I never had migranes before and all the sudden about a month or so ago I started getting really bad migranes. I know I need contacts or glasses but I have had insurance problems and couldnt seem to get my eyes fixed. Therefore I believe that is the problem of my migranes. My doctor thinks it's because I consume to much Pepsi (lots of caffine) a day. I am not sure but I cant take it anymore. I cant play with my daughter, my house is always dark, I cant sleep, eat, drive my car nothing. I have a migrane almost everyday or if not, every other day. It is taking over my life. What should I do? I will take any advice here. Megan.


Dear Megan;

First, let's clarify that there's a difference between cause and trigger. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease CAUSED by genetics and overactive neurons in the brain. Many things can be TRIGGERS that bring on a Migraine attack. Vision problems are not a known Migraine trigger.

Caffeine is indeed a trigger for some people. Have you tried eliminating caffeine?

How many days a week are you taking medication to stop these Migraines? Taking Migraine abortive medications or any kind of pain medication more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See _Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires _ for more information on this.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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