My Migraines Usually Start In My Sleep, I Then Wake Up In Agony. Can I Do Anything To Stop This?

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My Migraines Usually Start In My Sleep, I Then Wake Up In Agony. Can I Do Anything To Stop This?

Always in the left side of the head, with exterme sinsitivity to light, smell and sound. Sometimes blurred vision or double vision and closing right eye gives normal vision. Pain is continuious and can last days. Nausa and vomiting can follow with depression ather a few hours with a lot of anger problems. During these headaches my family has learned to avoid me because of the anger problem. My doctor has me on migraine meds, but they only work part time and he has tried anti depressants,( too many side affects). I've had these for over 30 years now and they seem to have gotten more frequent with age. I know stress and a lot of activity make them more frequent and more severe. I have had many tests and always little show up other than increased brain activity during these.

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Steve,

For most Migraineurs, little or nothing shows up on tests. That's one reason we still have no diagnostic test to confirm the diagnosis of Migraine.

Waking with Migraines most often indicates sleep issues. Too much, too little, disrupted, and poor quality sleep can all be Migraine triggers.

Another issue could be a trigger that you're encountering on a regular basis. Triggers don't necessarily bring on a Migraine immediately. Migraines triggered by foods can occur up to 48 hours after consumption.

Trigger identification and management is an important part of Migraine management and preventing Migraines. You may have some triggers that you can avoid, thus preventing Migraines brought on by those triggers. Do you know what any of your triggers are? When working to identify triggers one of the best tools is a good Migraine diary. You can read more about this and download a free diary workbook in our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary. Some of us have food triggers, some of us don't. The best way to determine if you do is to do an elimination diet for a while. For more information and a workbook on this, see Managing Migraine - Migraine Trigger Foods.

Your situation definitely warrants a visit with your doctor. If your doctor isn't able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

Good luck,

Teri

Answered by Teri Robert