Can Migraine Symptoms Last For Over A Month?

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Asked by juliennne

Can Migraine Symptoms Last For Over A Month?

Can a migraine last for a month? I was diagnosed today with what the doctor is calling migraine without the headache phase. I have had dizziness and vertigo for over a month now.

I had surgery on my hand six weeks ago and woke up with lightheadedness and vertigo, When I move my head or walk around, things seem to shake or move for a few seconds. This happens frequently throughout the day. Flickering light while driving is especially bad too. I end up feeling motion sick and with a dull headache. Its like my brain isn't processing visual information quickly enough, but my vision is checks out fine.

Is this a migraine or repeated migraines that I'm getting everyday? Do I need to get a second opinion? My symptoms seem unusual because of the frequency and duration.

Answer

juliennne,

Do you or anyone in your family have a history of migraine? That's something doctors should taken into consideration when diagnosing migraine since it's a genetic neurologic disease. Migraine symptoms can last for over a month, but they shouldn't. Typically, a migraine lasts from 4 to 72 hours.

Migraine can occur without the headache. For more see Acephalgic or Silent Migraine - The Basics. That said, you mentioned a dull headache. The headache of a migraine doesn't have to be severe. It's usually on one side and is often pulsatile, which means that mild or not, it tends to throb with your pulse.

There are several forms of migraine, but only one that's accompanied by vertigo, and that's vestibular migraine. You can read about vestibular migraines in Vestibular Migraine - The Basics.

Certainly, if you're not comfortable with this diagnosis, a second opinion is in order. It is important that headaches be correctly diagnosed and treated, so another discussion with your doctor or a second opionion seems in order.

Good luck,

Teri