Severe headaches with nausea, sensitivity to light and sound?

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I have been having off and on severe headaches for about two years now. They seem to be brought on by either stress or dry hot air hitting my face (like a car heater or just a heat duct blowing on me) I have been using a humidifier in the winter at home and at work, which has seemed to help somewhat. When they come on, I am very sick to my stomach, and my head feels like it is in a vice grip. Then I become very sensitive to light and noise. I can't take normal medications, because I have had a kidney transplant. The headaches started before the transplant and continue to this day. Do you have any ideas as to what this might be? Does it even sound like a migraine? My paternal grandmother had migraines and my sister does as well, but infrequently and normally before her menstrual cycle. Any suggestions or ideas for me? Jill.

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Dear Jill;

What you describe could be Migraines, especially given your family history of Migraine. However, nobody can diagnose via the Internet. You need to sit down and discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Once you have a diagnosis, your doctor can discuss possible treatment options with the doctor who has been treating you since your kidney transplant to be sure that any medications being considered would be safe for you.

If your doctor isn't able to help you, 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**.

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