Good luck! Sounds like you are on the right track. Also, if you don't already take one I forgot to recommend a good quality omega 3 sometimes is helpful with migraine prevention (anti-inflamatory). Its also great for the joints, I have arthritis and my joints haven't been this pain free in years (which is really sad since I am only 37 but I have old bones!)
Let me add that yes anxiety and depression can cause some nasty symptoms that can last a while also. Either way (whether the problem is caused by anxiety or something else) - 6 months is too long to suffer alone! Its time to get some help and knock out this problem!
Have you considered some counseling (local or through your church?) to help with grieving and stress?
If it were me I would take a one/two approach and tackle both angles (neurologist and some counseling to help -never hurts to use all the available resources when in pain).View Thread
At this point I would go visit a neurologist. Six months is a long time to suffer. The fact that you are having head pain and vision issues is concerning. Why did they decide the issue was connected with the sinus congestion (with the vision symtom, that doesn't line up all the way??) Hugs to you as I am very sorry for your loss from the miscarriage. View Thread
Ouch! There is no harm at trying counter pressure (definitely no drill though!!). Or you could try ice wrapped in a cloth on the back of the neck or at the temple to help stimulate the blood flow. I have seen some research recently on the benefit on using ice (just make sure you aren't putting ice directly on skin).View Thread
Yes, definitely try some preventive meds like the beta blocker and please don't get discouraged if the first one doesn't work very well. Its really not good for your body to take that much Zomig and odds are some of those are rebound headaches. It took me 3 different meds before I found a preventative med that worked well for me (a combo of actually helped get rid of headaches and didn't cause side effects).
Also if you have an i-phone I highly recommend getting the iHeadache app (made by a neurologist) that lets you track your headaches. This will help you figure out if the medicine is really helping or not. I still get alot of migraines even with prevention meds (like you I am a 20 a month person) but they don't last nearly as long and aren't usually as intense.
I would also look into magnesium, feverfew, and B-2 - all of which are shown to help prevent migraines. I take Migrelief (OTC, which magnesium, B-2, and feverfew in it- but recommended by my neurologist) and it actually allowed me to cut back on my RX meds (that have side effects I don't like).View Thread
Have you tried any preventative meds? That is A LOT of days to be taking a relief med. With that many (and yes sadly I was having that many also before I sought help from a specialist) Yes, the precautions for Zomig include "Overuse of drugs to treat sudden migraine attacks can sometimes lead to worsening of headache (medication overuse headache) or rebound headache. Therefore, do not use this medication more often or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you need to use this medication more often, if the medication is not working as well, or if you have more frequent or worse headaches. Your doctor may need to change your medication and/or add another medication to help prevent headaches." http://www.rxlist.com/zomig-drug/consumer-uses.htm Does your dr. know you are taking the Zomig that many days a month?View Thread
For question 1 and 2 yes to both. In my early 20's I got alot of classic migraines with aura. My vision would go funny and I would have stabbing pain for hours and then it finally stopped overall (maybe happens now like once a year).
In my 30's I started getting what I thought was sinus headaches that just got worse and worse till I had them daily and finally went for help to an ENT who sent me to the neuro who said no those are just a different kind of migraine.
Yes, it sucks and if I were you I would focus on finding a good prevention med to help prevent the migraine attacks. Since I started going to the neuro I still have these horrible migraines but I have them alot less than before so the prevention meds do help some.View Thread
That sounds like a lot of migraines I get. Is it usually every Sunday? Have you tried logging them to try to determine what the trigger might be? Like sleeping in or drinking less water or chemical? I used to always get a migraine on Saturday and I thought it was from dusting (dust allergy) but it turned out it was bathroom cleaner chemicals triggering it. Now I avoid chemical cleaners and I get a lot less migraines and no more Saturday morning migraine.
Since what you describe sounds like a migraine, I would definitely see your dr either way and get a check up done and maybe some bloodwork to see if you have any vitamin deficiencies triggering the headaches.View Thread
Have you taken her to a pediatric neurologist or just a regular ped for the headaches? have they ruled out childhood MS (its rare and a wild guess but the heat induced headaches not related to dehydration reminds me of MS a bit). Does she have any other issue/symptom besides headaches?View Thread