Same Migraine Since Thanksgiving - What to Do?

Health Professional

Full Question:

Hi, I've had this headache ever since Thanksgiving. Woke up Saturday morning and it is still here and only getting worse. It's on the right side of my head in one spot between the ear and the eye. I don't know what to do. I have taken Aspirin and Tylenol and Imitrex. It's just not working. Thanks again, Amanda.

Full Answer:

Dear Amanda:

We're so sorry that you're in this situation. When a migraine has gone on this long, it's unlikely that triptans such as Imitrex or any over-the-counter medication is going to work. At this point, you need to see your doctor.

Migraines that don't respond to treatment are described as refractory, and there are several different approaches to dealing with them. Your doctor my suggest a course of steroids or an IV infusion of magnesium sulfate or another medication to "break" the migraine. You can find more information on refractory migraine and the approaches to treating it in What's Known About Refractory Migraine?.

If, by chance, your doctor isn't able to help you, consider consulting 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, see** Migraine and Headache Specialist Listings**.

Thanks for your question,
David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert


About Ask the Clinician:

Dr. David Watson is a UCNS certified migraine and headache specialists and director of the Headache Center at West Virginia University. He and Lead Health Guide Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and Migraines. You can read more about _ Dr. Watson _ or more about _ **Teri Robert

Credit: Thinkstock


If you have a question, please click** HERE. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers here. Due to the number of questions submitted, no questions will be answered privately, and questions will be accepted only when submitted via THIS FORM**. Please do not submit questions via email, private message, or blog comments. Thank you.

**_Please note: We cannot diagnose, suggest specific treatment, or handle emergencies via the Internet. Please do not ask us to diagnose; see your physician for diagnosis._** For an overview of how we can help and questions we can and can't answer, please see _**[Seeking Migraine and Headache Diagnoses and Medical Advice](** _.

We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q & A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer.

Follow Teri on or

Follow Dr. Watson on