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Unread 02-18-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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I had my first brain-splitting headache about 17 years ago. After that, I would get maybe 1 or 2 a year. Two years ago they became more frequent (1 to 3 a month with very few months without one) , and increasing in severity! I might add that I'm starting to get one now. This pain gets SO BAD that it feels as though it is capable of literally killing me! I can't sit, lie or get in any comfortable position. I can't hold my eyes open or even speak to ask someone for help. They most often happen at night & wake me up. Although there have been times like today when I'm lucky enough to be awake and able to take something before it gets bad. The best way I can describe it is to say that it feels like it starts in the center of my brain and works its way out. It's like my brain is swollen to the point of touching the inside of my skull and is trying to break out! Does this sound like migraines, or something more serious? I brought this up to my dr once but she dismissed it & stress.
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Since you've been experiencing the extremely painful headaches for 17 years, even if they've become somewhat worse, you can safely know that the headaches are migraines. In all those years you would know by now if your headaches were something different or more serious. As a sufferer myself, I can say that migraines can be absolutely debilitating. The worst ones...ugh...feels like you're dying (or wish you would!).
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I too am a migraine sufferer, I'm so sorry you suffer this way. Mine vary in degrees and frequency, but it sounds to me like this is indeed migraine pain. Mine have at times been so severe that I have stuttered, lost ability to speak and blacked out, not all at once mind you, but to the degree that it rendered me helpless.

I'm sorry your doctor dismissed you like that. I would recommend seeing another doctor and pushing the issue until you find someone that can help you find some relief.
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I'm sorry you are having this scary and extreme pain. My husband started getting migraines that would last 2-3 days, coming on gradually on the first day. I did some research and found that tea made from fresh ginger can help. It really helped him, so I thought I would pass it on in case it could help anyone else here.
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Thank you all for the reassurance! My Mom's first cousin died last year after being diagnosed with lymphoma and a brain tumor. This made me mildly concerned about the migraines, but I was pretty sure that's all it was. My mothers side of the family had them too.
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Understandable, why you'd be feeling frightened of your headaches. But what you've described sounds classically migraine. Migraines can be completely disabling...any good doctor should know that.
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Understandable, why you'd be feeling frightened of your headaches. But what you've described sounds classically migraine. Migraines can be completely disabling...any good doctor should know that.
Thank you for your reassurance! I've never really had anyone describe what a migraine feels like to "compare notes " on it. It helps to know that this is common.
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I had my first brain-splitting headache about 17 years ago. After that, I would get maybe 1 or 2 a year. Two years ago they became more frequent (1 to 3 a month with very few months without one) , and increasing in severity! I might add that I'm starting to get one now. This pain gets SO BAD that it feels as though it is capable of literally killing me! I can't sit, lie or get in any comfortable position. I can't hold my eyes open or even speak to ask someone for help. They most often happen at night & wake me up. Although there have been times like today when I'm lucky enough to be awake and able to take something before it gets bad. The best way I can describe it is to say that it feels like it starts in the center of my brain and works its way out. It's like my brain is swollen to the point of touching the inside of my skull and is trying to break out! Does this sound like migraines, or something more serious? I brought this up to my dr once but she dismissed it & stress.
I know the feeling all too well . Have you ever seen a neurologist? My neurologist put me on Imitrex and it's helped a LOT! I used to have to go to the urgent care center to get a pain shot nearly every month. Painkillers can cause migraines in the long run, actually . I don't quite understand it, drs have told me it's a "rebound " effect .
I hope you feel better really soon!
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I know the feeling all too well . Have you ever seen a neurologist? My neurologist put me on Imitrex and it's helped a LOT! I used to have to go to the urgent care center to get a pain shot nearly every month. Painkillers can cause migraines in the long run, actually . I don't quite understand it, drs have told me it's a "rebound " effect .
I hope you feel better really soon!
Haven't been to one in several yrs. My Dr "runs into closed does" trying to find specialist who take medicaid. Big surprise there right ? Thank you! Sorry it took so long to answer back! I forgot to check this thread after I got rid of my headache! Lol
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All I know, is migraine pain is so bad I always pray that this time it will be an aneurysm so I can stop suffering. Oh I and I know I don't have a brain tumor as I've had these so many years I'd be dead by now. I've noticed people, even some doctors, blow off migraine sufferers because it's not something you can see like a broken leg or a fever, and they don't really know how to treat them or what. Causes them a lot of times. I'm sorry to hear you have them.
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