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Does anyone suffer from migraines?

Auntie BubbsAuntie Bubbs Posts: 1,068Registered Users
I suffer from chronic daily migraines, and am curious who on NC also gets migraines regularly. I've been a migraineur since I was a teenager - I'm 40 now. They didn't become chronic until I was in my 20s, and didn't become as frequent until I was in my mid 30s. They're daily now, sometimes not always excruciating, but always there.

I have to be very careful about fragrances in products, because I'm hypersensitive to smells. If I can smell something in a product - hair products, lotions, even deodorant - more than a few minutes after I've put it on I can't use it. It'll set off a bad headache that if I leave untreated, will turn into a migraine 9 times out of 10.

Anyone else get migraines, and have their migraines triggered by smells?
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  • oh.hi.its.stephoh.hi.its.steph Posts: 640Registered Users
    My mom is like this! She's 48 and has had them since around her late 20s or early 30s. The perfume/makeup department in Macy's is a nightmare for her, they always bombard her with random fragrances haha and then she gets the worst migraines. Hers have gotten less frequent since she changed her diet, though -- after she stopped eating chips, cookies, chocolate and other excessively processed food, and quit drinking tons of soda, they are much less frequent. It's odd, but she's very happy about it! I doubt it would cure migraines for everyone, but hey, it worked for her.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I get them, but thankfully not daily. Mine are triggered by a few different things, including smells. The worst scent for me is lavender but they're also triggered by many perfumes, rosemary, and cleaning products. It sucks because you never know when some random person at work is going to spray lavender everywhere. :(
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  • diasporadiaspora Posts: 596Registered Users
    Aww, I'm really sorry Auntie Bubbs, migraines are horrible. I don't get them daily, but for several days in a row every couple months. Mine seem to be hormone related (just before or during my period, like my asthma these days), but smells will definitely trigger them even outside of that time. I've been getting them since age 16, complete with auras, I'm now 39. I have lots of allergies and asthma and other immune disorders (crohn's disease, reynaud's syndrome, hives...) plus depression and anxiety. I've tried one of the serotonin treatments, but have found all that's really safe for me given other meds I'm on is popping tylenol (can't take advil or anything stronger otc cuz it irritates the crohn's) and turning off all the lights and trying to sleep. My HG hair product has no scent added. People's perfume and hair products on the train or on the street can set off migraine, asthma, sneezing, and/or hives. I wouldn't be able to go home in the dark as often as needed if I still worked full time. Hugs to you, I can't imagine dealing with migraines every day!!:sad4:
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  • amandamarieamandamarie Posts: 240Registered Users
    I don't usually get them more than once or twice a. Month but I've got one now. :confused5:
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Many things can trigger mine, but by far scent is the worst. I don't get them daily but probably around twice a month.


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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    I've dealth with migraines, varying in severity, since I was 16. Smells aren't a major trigger but do contribute.

    I started taking magnesium glycinate daily for muscle pain and I've had fewer migraines. Read the IV magnesium is frequently used in the ER to treat an acute migraine. Magnesium also helps to prevent migraines.

    . A Comprehensive Medicine Approach to Migraines | Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    I started with frequent migraines when I was still a toddler (according to my parents I was diagnosed at age 2). They were horrible for a really long time (I still remember nights I slept on the bathroom floor because the nausea was so bad) and smell was a definite trigger for me. The worst was definitely watermelon scented gum/candy. And I'm still hypersensitive when it comes to that. I can smell someone eating a watermelon flavored Jolly Rancher from across the room. Thankfully I seemed to get better control over them as I got older and I only get about 3-4 truly debilitating migraines a year (I'm in my 30s now). But fake watermelon scent will still throw me into a nearly instant migraine.

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  • vanek07vanek07 Posts: 86Registered Users
    Yup I get them. I've always had really bad headaches. Usually at least once a week or a couple a month. I finally decided to go to my doctor about when I was in college because I would have to skip class because the pain was so bad. I got a pill you are supposed to take right when it hits, but it actually made the pain worse do about four hours - like it was all concentrated on top of my head and just POUNDING - before it finally cleared the headache so I was always scared to take it unless it was the worst migraine. So now I'm on a low dose antidepressant that is supposed to prevent migraines because you take it daily. However yesterday I had a migraine after accidentally taking my pill after having some wine the night before (which you aren't supposed to do so it was totally my fault).

    I have never gotten a headache from smells before. They've never bothered me. Usually nothing triggers them at all but sometimes it's my eyes - bright lights, too much screen time.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Sorry for rambling but I understand how horrible migraines can be and maybe one or more of these options could help..

    I rarely get migraines, maybe 4 times a year, but my BFF has suffered from them since age 10. He is now 37. Everything sets him off and I think 60% of the time he stresses so much about getting another migraine that he brings it on. His are vicious. In the past I've seen him rarely leave his room or eat for weeks, and he would often vomit from the pain. He recently started seeing a new doctor who has put him on a special diet, migraine med's, and blood pressure med's. He does not have high BP at all. It's strictly for migraine therapy. They are also discussing oxygen therapy but he does not have insurance and it would be $70 a month for tank rental. I wish he could give it a try because it is supposed to be very effective. Since getting in with a doc who is working with him/getting him free to cheap med's through a program, he is suffering less. He still has migraines that last 3 or 4 days in a row, but only once every 3 months compared to every week or 2. It's a vast improvement for him.

    I also have a cousin who has suffered with them her entire life. She had allergy tests done and found she is allergic to... everything. Dairy, nuts, gluten, you name it... The allergy symptoms had strictly came out in the form of migraines. Since drastically changing her diet 3 years ago, she has had none.
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  • KilajoKilajo Posts: 786Registered Users
    I've suffered from migraines since I was 18. I'm 40 now. About a year ago I changed my diet and added several supplements including vit. D. Whereas I used to get them daily I now haven't had one in at least 4 mos. I attribute it to the change in my diet but I'm not sure. Loud noises and chaos were my triggers. Perfume just makes me sneeze and light doesn't affect me. I can see how those might be triggers though for a lot of people.

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  • macluanmacluan Posts: 326Registered Users
    I've been a migraine sufferer since I was a preteen. They probably started with the onset of puberty. I tried so many doctors, techniques and medicines over the years. For a while my headaches consumed 3-4 days each week. Early on I went to Bill Speed of the Speed Headache Clinic in Baltimore, affiliated with Hopkins and the one really important habit that came from that was keeping a journal about what I ate, slept, felt, etc, etc.

    My life changed drastically when I was in my early thirties and went to a new doctor and she diagnosed me with food allergies (and I am not talking about the migraine trigger foods.) I had to stop eating many of my go-to foods but miraculously 85% of my headaches stopped almost immediately. It was that way for almost 20 years and then I started reading this blog Headache and Migraine News

    I typically wake up with my migraines and there was an article about hot head causing headaches and how if you keep your head cool at night that can be avoided. I started sleeping with an ice pack in a pillowcase on my neck or head and I haven't had a headache since September. I've stopped getting my Imitrex because I use it so infrequently that I was afraid it would be expired.

    My advice is to keep seeking help, go to new doctors, research and be open to changing your life. When the food allergy diagnosis first came up, I thought this doctor was nuts but she wasn't. She gave me back my life and I will always be grateful to her. Good Luck!
  • LISA LISALISA LISA Posts: 566Registered Users
    Yes I get them. I have so many random triggers its crazy. One type of cheese, not another, one type of wine, not another. Its like Russian Roulette.
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  • Auntie BubbsAuntie Bubbs Posts: 1,068Registered Users
    Wow, I had no idea there's be so many responses!

    I actually have to cover my nose walking through Macy's - the perfume counter kills me :D

    I am very, very careful about what I eat. I stopped drinking any kind of alcohol about 5 years ago. It helped alot. I see a nuerologist regularly. Actually, I've been seeing a nuero since I was diagnosed, in my 20s. Not the same one, though. I've had problems with them; eventually when they realize they can't "cure" me they get mad at me, think I'm not following their advice, or something. I'm on my third one one now, I've been seeing him for about 4 years or so, and I can kind of tell he's reaching that point with me. I hope not, but we'll see. I've been to a headache/pain specialist as well, he was worse than the nuero. He acted like it was a personal affront when my migraines didn't get better.
    I've been on an anti-siezure med/preventative (triptan) combo for a while, and it's effective in reducing intensity, but not frequency. I have a rescue medicatio for when the triptan fails. My body builds up a tolerance to what I'm on though, and I can't convince my dr. to switch it up. Or when he does, what he switches it up with doesn't work - I've had bad reactions to meds before. I tried the low dose of antidepressants before, and that didn't work for me.

    I totally understand the reasoning behind food allergies maybe being behind migraines. You can totally control migraines to a huge extent by controlling your diet - and for alot of people, that's the battle. I am hypervigilant about what I eat, even though it means cutting out things I love.

    Stress is a HUGE, HUGE trigger, and the dr. says I have to get a handle on that. I just think, really? No! Its hard to do, easy to say. We live in stressful times now, telling anyone not to worry about their lives, finances, the economy, whatever, is like telling them not to breathe, you know? I guess doctors are immune to that kind of stress. Since somehow I doubt that, I can't imagine he doesn't know what I mean. But I try not to let stress give me migraines. Easier said than done. And of course, hormones are a huge trigger too, and I can't do a thing about those!

    I keep hoping that when I get older, they'll be easier to deal with. I hoped that when I was in my mid-30s and I'm 40 now, so I'm waiting patiently!
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I was diagnosed at about 14, but I've had them since I was a kid. I get a terrible aura...well before I have any pain I have a lot of visual symptoms. You know how if you look at the sun, or a bright camera flash, and then you can't see what you're looking at? That's what it's like for me. It's like I'm blind...I can't possibly drive, or type, or read anything.

    I only have 2 triggers I know of...dehydration, and coming down from stress. I've been on propranolol daily since I was a kid. It's amazing for me. I barely get them anymore. Actually, I'm going to try asking about lowering my dosage. However, preventative medicines are really my only choice, because none of the medicines to take for the migraines once you have it work for me. Every one I've tried (imitrex, topomax, etc.) just make it worse.


    Oh, and I have a HUGE pet peeve about people who have a headache saying they have a migraine. A migraine is a totally different beast than a headache. Yes, they both involve your head, and they both are unpleasant, but that's where the similarities end! A bad headache is bad, but it is not a migraine.
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    Had them starting about third grade then they subsided until about 16 lasting for about 5 years.

    Started up again mid-30's, now also with visual auras, specifically, scintillating scotomas. That went on once every few months for about 10 years, then they became much more frequent - I could definitely see a hormonal relation during this time.

    Now with menopause, they've subsided somewhat again, though I still get both headaches and auras, sometimes together, often separately.

    Smells have always contributed, but I've never been able to pinpoint any food that seemed to play a role except wine, of any kind. Bright and/or pulsing lights make them much worse, if not actually trigger them.

    Of my mother's 10 brothers and sisters, at least 4 have them - mostly females, though none with aura. One of my sisters, and now her teenage son, have them, neither with auras - I seem to be the only one in the family who gets that added pleasure :glasses7:
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  • KilajoKilajo Posts: 786Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    I was diagnosed at about 14, but I've had them since I was a kid. I get a terrible aura...well before I have any pain I have a lot of visual symptoms. You know how if you look at the sun, or a bright camera flash, and then you can't see what you're looking at? That's what it's like for me. It's like I'm blind...I can't possibly drive, or type, or read anything.

    I only have 2 triggers I know of...dehydration, and coming down from stress. I've been on propranolol daily since I was a kid. It's amazing for me. I barely get them anymore. Actually, I'm going to try asking about lowering my dosage. However, preventative medicines are really my only choice, because none of the medicines to take for the migraines once you have it work for me. Every one I've tried (imitrex, topomax, etc.) just make it worse.


    Oh, and I have a HUGE pet peeve about people who have a headache saying they have a migraine. A migraine is a totally different beast than a headache. Yes, they both involve your head, and they both are unpleasant, but that's where the similarities end! A bad headache is bad, but it is not a migraine.

    I get an aura as well. It travels from my lower left quadrant to my upper right. As soon as it disappears I get a horrible pounding headache coupled with nausea. The aura lasts 15 minutes with no pain. The pain only comes when my vision returns to normal.

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  • vegas_curlsvegas_curls Posts: 857Registered Users
    Another one here. :hello2: I don't know how old I was when I first started getting them, but I know I was quite young, maybe 4 or 5. I can remember laying in my parents' bed (because they had room darkening drapes) and my mom laying cool, damp cloths on my forehead.

    The majority of my triggers have always been scent related. The main three were cigarette smoke, certain perfumes and onions.

    Other, less frequent triggers were from watching tv in a darkened room (my sister used to like to re-create a movie theater atmosphere), and of course, stress.

    The height of my migraines (between 1 to 3 a week) occurred during my late teens through mid-20's.

    They've since subsided in frequency, and now that I'm 41, they've changed. No more nausea, but definitely auras - and like wurlylox, the headaches and auras can show up separately or together. Thankfully at this point in life they're a rarity, maybe 3 or 4 times a year.
  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    Kilajo wrote: »
    Who Me? wrote: »
    I was diagnosed at about 14, but I've had them since I was a kid. I get a terrible aura...well before I have any pain I have a lot of visual symptoms. You know how if you look at the sun, or a bright camera flash, and then you can't see what you're looking at? That's what it's like for me. It's like I'm blind...I can't possibly drive, or type, or read anything.

    I only have 2 triggers I know of...dehydration, and coming down from stress. I've been on propranolol daily since I was a kid. It's amazing for me. I barely get them anymore. Actually, I'm going to try asking about lowering my dosage. However, preventative medicines are really my only choice, because none of the medicines to take for the migraines once you have it work for me. Every one I've tried (imitrex, topomax, etc.) just make it worse.


    Oh, and I have a HUGE pet peeve about people who have a headache saying they have a migraine. A migraine is a totally different beast than a headache. Yes, they both involve your head, and they both are unpleasant, but that's where the similarities end! A bad headache is bad, but it is not a migraine.

    I get an aura as well. It travels from my lower left quadrant to my upper right. As soon as it disappears I get a horrible pounding headache coupled with nausea. The aura lasts 15 minutes with no pain. The pain only comes when my vision returns to normal.

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    I don't have pain until the aura starts to go away either! Although my aura can last anywhere from 10 minutes to hours. Usually if I catch it really quick and drink an ENORMOUS amount of water and take a bunch of advil I can get fend it off and not get the pain at all.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hugs to all you fellow sufferers. I started getting migraines when I was 8 so I've had them for 44 years now with no end in sight (I'm not hopeful they will end as my father still has them at 80). I've had them last up to 20 days.

    I've never had auras or warnings. They used to switch from side to side but now they are pretty much all over. If they go on for too long they will make me throw up. I am bothered by light and sounds. I used to be able to get rid of them sometimes if I could get to sleep for a few hours. But recently I've started getting them WHILE I sleep. This is not a good thing! But I have rarely missed school or work because of them. I refuse to let them put me in hiding most of my life.

    My main triggers are changes in weather, hormonal changes, and alcohol. Lots of other minor triggers - sleeping on a different bed with a different pillow, strong perfumy scents (gave up shopping in malls years ago), repetitive noises, flourescent lights, certain foods, etc.

    I've tried most every drug to come down the pike, legal and not so legal. I was taking full strength Darvon by the time I was in 4th grade. And everything else from Inderal to Percocet to Thorazine (the list pf meds is probably 30-40 items long). I've tried many types of alternative medicine, herbs, vitamins, supplements. I've tried changes in eating, sleeping, exercise, etc.

    But basically I still get migraines 15+ days every month. Thanks to the triptan family of meds I rarely end up in the ER, rarely miss out on events, and my life is so so much better. They are expensive and they aren't covered by my insurance so I get them from India for about 1/10th the cost of getting them here in the US.

    I want to add that pain meds can be a huge enemy of migraine sufferers. They can sometimes make headaches worse instead of better and often cause rebound headaches. This is much less likely to happen with antidepressants, anticonvulsants, neurological meds (like Inderal, Topamax), vaso-constrictors (the triptans like Maxalt, Zomig, Imitrex).
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    I have migraines. They're not frequent though. Smells don't always trigger them, but they do make them worse.

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  • diasporadiaspora Posts: 596Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    I don't have pain until the aura starts to go away either! Although my aura can last anywhere from 10 minutes to hours. Usually if I catch it really quick and drink an ENORMOUS amount of water and take a bunch of advil I can get fend it off and not get the pain at all.

    This is me too! I've never tried drinking lots of water, but if I pop tylenol at the start of the aura, usually I won't get the nausea/vomiting and the pain. I consider myself really lucky that this often works. I have to be vigilant though because they keep coming back days or a week or so in a row.

    Hormones and stress are my biggest triggers, and what can you really do about those?
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  • PRINCETONPRINCETON Posts: 872Registered Users
    I saw a special that mentioned how juicing fruits and vegetables daily helps minimize and in some cases prevents migraines.


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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    I juice - makes no difference.

    Plenty of water is always the first thing I try with any headache, migraine or not, to counteract any dehydration that may be contributing. Other pain relievers work with other headaches, just not with my migraines.

    The only medication that has ever helped at all is Excedrin Migraine, or generics of it - I have to catch it early, though. Even before EM came along, regular old Execedrin or Vanquish, which appear to be the same ingredients and same dosage, used to work - something about that caffeine/aspirin/acetaminophen combo. Even it only works if I take it early with a caffeinated diet drink . Some headache powders contain the same active ingredients, and I know people who swear by them - with a caffeinated chaser, but I could never stand to take them.

    I usually don't get pain until after the first aura, but that's not always the case. Sometimes I'll wake with a headache and realize immediately that I'm also in the middle of an aura. After I've had one aura, sometimes they'll keep coming as the pain develops.

    Fortunately, though, it's usually only one or two auras - they start out as an inability to focus in a small area of my central division, then gradually over the next few minutes enlarges to a zig-zag circle that gradually opens into a half circle, getting larger, and larger until it gradually begins to disintegrate as it nears the periphery of my vision and then gradually disappears altogether - usually lasts 20-30 minutes, start to finish.

    While they're going on, I can do about anything except read or focus in clearly on something, unless I also have a doozy of a headache going on. My headaches used to be classic one-sided migraines, but now that's not always the case - can be my whole noggin now. Most often it's the left side of my head, from behind my eye, all the way down into my neck.

    Almost 20 years ago I had an aura one morning - before I knew about them or what to call it - then about an hour later, my vision began to seem blurry and got gradually worse over a couple of hours until I was extremely nearsighted. I panicked thinking I was having a stroke or something. Went to the dr., and they ran all sorts of tests but could find absolutely nothing to be causing it.

    I was finally just sent to an opthalmologist, got a new prescription for strong glasses and went about my business - for two days. Woke up the third, and my vision was fine again. Needless to say, the eye doc was rather perturbed with me, having to change my prescription again. I think he thought I was lying about drugs I'd been taking or something, LOL.

    Anyway, I'm convinced, and my regular doctor agrees, that was just another type of aura. Thank God, I've never had another like that, although I'm still very paranoid if my vision seems a little blurry! Anyway, all this to say that if you have any sort of weird vision changes, consider that it could be related to your migraines.
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  • Auntie BubbsAuntie Bubbs Posts: 1,068Registered Users
    Jeep, alot of your symptoms, etc. sound like mine :( I feel like I get migraines while I sleep too. I'll wake up in the middle of the night with my head killing me. I don't get aura either, the most I'll get is blurred vision. And I've had migraines that just go on and on, and when I tell the dr. I've had a migraine last for over a week, sometimes up to 2, or memorably, that I couldn't remember the last time I didn't have a migraine (so, you know, over a month), I didn't feel like he believed me. He didn't think it was the same migraine. I felt like it was, it just went on and on.
    I can tell the difference between one continuous migraine and rebound. I get rebound from triptans, unfortunately. But I agree with you, triptans are still the best thing they've come out with to treat migraines. I still get alot of relief from triptans - enough so that, when I was working, I rarely had to miss work. I just treated my migraine with Imitrex and Ibuprofen (I can't take Excedrin, it doesn't work for me) and kept working. I've missed a couple of family engagements, but alot less than I normally would if I didn't have triptans.
    Jeep, I have alot of the same triggers you do :) Weather is a big one, and stress. Diet is, so I've managed that. I ate a banana last month even though I knew better, and it just killed my head. :( First banana I'd eaten in like 4 years, and I just wanted one for some reason. Well, I know better now, LOL. Hormones are a biggie, and I just have to put up with that. Alcohol I avoid.

    Oh, and yeah, I just quietly fume when I hear people who whine about their headaches call them "migraines" when they aren't. But then I think, well, you don't know them, maybe they actually get migraines. Sometimes I hear someone I know doesn't get migraines whining about his or her headache, and I do find it annoying though. But as long as I've lived with these migraines, it doesn't irritate me as much as it used to; now I just mentally roll my eyes. LOL

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  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    Speaking of, I'm feeling one starting to twinge now... I guess between the wonky weather/humidity fluctuations and the sinus infection it was just a matter of time.

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  • WavyMermaidyWavyMermaidy Posts: 11Registered Users
    I had my first migraine on my 21st birthday...ironic as I am not a drinker yet I spent my birthday night praising the porcelain god anyway :(

    I have the same triggers as many on here...most specifically weather/pressure changes, sunlight and other vision things, hormonal timing, and food. I don't know specifically what food but I know when I went vegetarian several years ago my migraines decreased...but they have increased again in the past year and I don't know why.

    My headaches are a mixture of just really bad throbbing without any nausea to true nasty nauseated can't get off the couch migraines. If they don't respond at least somewhat to Excedrin Migraine I know I'm in for a bad ride.

    Another interesting fact that is good to mention on a hair site:
    My migraines were always without aura until I started taking Biotin (for hair health, of course). After I started on biotin I got my first aura migraine which was so scary I thought I was having something more serious. My only thought was to google "brain tumors" and such (though I had to hold my laptop up and sideways to read anything b/c of the aura blocking some of my vision, and then all the words kept "sliding" to the left...it was trippy!!!) Found out what it was and also found out that Biotin can trigger migraines in those with the disorder already. I have had 1 other aura migraine since and I have no idea what caused it.

    So, moral of that story...those of you that already suffer from migraines be careful of taking biotin.

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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    juanab wrote: »
    I suffer from occipital neuralgia, which is similar to migraines.

    Occipital Neuralgia: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments, and More

    I've never heard of that, but my symptoms could be that as well.


    I just had a horrible one last night, vomited all night until my throat bled and now I'm hoarse. :( I feel feeble today.

    Some of my triggers are stress, dehydration, hormones, weather changes, strong scents, bright lights, strobe lights, hot dogs or other nitrate meats, red wine....

    I've been using Midrin since I was 18. I've tried a few others and they didn't work. I did have an injection of something last time I had a migraine while in the hospital, it might have been Imitrex or something, it worked alright. I've had migraines for 30 years now. They suck. I've never had an aura, but I've gotten blurred vision -- could that be an aura?

    If you search for "migraine" here, there should be lots of threads with triggers and symptoms that we've posted. I remember posting on a few.
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  • naturallycreolenaturallycreole Posts: 112Registered Users
    I was diagnosed with vestibular migraines. I have bouts of vertigo and tingling in my extremities. Like diaspora, I have many allergies and a GI autoimmune illness, ulcerative colitis. Highly fragrant odors like most perfumes and strong chemicals are immediate triggers. Also, disturbance in my routine sleep pattern, smoke, hunger, and when my allergies/ sinus problems are uncontrolled, I tend to have migraines. I do get headaches, but there have been many times when I didnt have the headache, but had the vertigo, tingling, and/or nausea. My worse episode was violent vomiting with the slightest movement and severe vertigo. My normal BP is too low to take antihypertensive meds, I refuse to take antidepressants, and I had horrible side effects from Topamax. So, I take no meds. Ive heard about Magnesium. I want to give acupuncture a try. Foods don't seem to be triggers for me. I can't take NSAIDS, so I have to sleep the headache off. I take Meclazine for the vertigo. In this life, everyone has something!



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