Migraine hangover turned into extreme dizziness?

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After an attack, the next day I feel like I have a hang over which has turned into extreme dizziness.

Five days after the attack and I am still dizzy. Sitting or standing it does not make a difference. Is this normal? I have been dealing with Migraines for over 20 years, but have never had this happen before for this long. I was told that I suffer from cluster Migraines. I have tried almost every medicine, nothing really is extremely effective for me. momofgoose.


Dear momofgoose;

Having a Migraine "hangover" for about 24 hours isn't unusual. It's called the postdrome phase of the Migraine attack. You can read more about it in Anatomy of a Migraine.

No, it's not "normal" for postdrome to last five days. Nor is extreme dizziness something we usually see. You need to discuss this with your doctor. Any time your symptoms vary from your usual ones or are extreme, you   should check with your doctor.

Was it a doctor who told you you have cluster Migraines? If that's meant to be a diagnosis, you might want to get a second opinion as that is not a standard diagnosis as set forth in the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition, which is the "gold standard" for diagnosis and classification.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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