Migraines From Deja-vu?

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Asked by Holly

Migraines From Deja-vu?

I've heard and read about all kinds of triggers for migraines, but have never heard of any of them being deja-vu. Although it doesn't always happen when I have deja-vu and I will have migraines without having it, why doesn't anyone talk about it? And what triggers a deja-vu? About 10 years ago, in 1 day I had 8 or 9 deja-vu's that all caused a migraine. It was like each one was stacked on top of the previous one. Needless to say, I thought I was gonna die. At the time, though, I couldn't afford to see a doctor (and wouldn't have been able to leave the house anyway). I halfed my time between the bedroom where I tried to sleep and the bathroom where I had diarrhea and vomiting. All I had was Tylenol migraine pills to help, but I'm not sure they even did anything. It has happened a few times since, but nothing that bad. But now I'm always afraid of having a deja-vu because I never know if it will cause a migraine.

Answer

Holly,

I've never heard of deja-vu as a trigger, and given the physiology of Migraine triggers, I really don't see how it could be.

On the other hand, I DO know of people who have deja-vu during the prodrome of aura phases of a Migraine attack.

This is something you should discuss with your doctor. If indeed the deja-vu episodes are part of your prodrome or aura, they could alert you to an impending Migraine, and you could be ready to treat the Migraine. Tylenol really does very little for a Migraine, but your doctor should have samples of Migraine abortive medications -- Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc. -- that you could try before filling a prescription.

Please let us know how things turn out?

Teri

Answered by Teri Robert