Asked by HEADACHESRME
Hi,I have recently being diagnosed as having Migraine, but I don't feel my symptoms match Migraine. Basically I have a headache non-stop since the beginning of this year. Somedays just a dull ache, other days so severe I vomit. On the days it is just a dull ache I also suffer from short sharp stabbing pains several times a day. My headache is localised to the left and this is only where I get the stabbing pains also. When the headache is severe I feel like I am going to die and no pain killers ease it. Do any other Migraine sufferers have the same symptoms as me ?
HEADACHESRME, Welcome to HealthCentral! Wow. I'm sorry you're having so much trouble. Although we can't diagnose, I certainly can suggest some things to discuss with your doctor. Several possibilities come to mind as a read your question:
- Were you given a diagnosis more specific than Migraine? A particular type of Migraine? If not, your diagnosis is incomplete. It can be important to know what kind of Migraine we have for several reasons, including the fact that some Migraine medications aren't recommended with particular forms of Migraine. Please take a look at The Type of Migraine Does Matter.
- Your description of having a dull ache some days, but more severe headaches accompanied by vomiting could fit chronic Migraine, which is tension-type headache or Migraine 15 or more days a month, at least eight of which are Migraine. You can find more information on chronic Migraine in Chronic Migraine - The Basics.
- It's not unusual to have more than one type of headache, more than one headache disorder.
- Short stabbing pains might be ice pick headaches. It's not uncommon for those of us with Migraine to also have ice pick headaches. See Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics.
- How many days a week are you taking medications to relieve these headaches or Migraines? Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or ergotamines or any kind of pain medication -- prescription or over-the-counter -- 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. This could explain some of your dull daily headaches.
Last, but not least, 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.
I hope this helps. Please keep me posted on how you're doing?