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Migraine (8,977 members)


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Pounding Head
Nagging pain in one side of head
Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
Pulsating, Intractable Pain
Sensitivity to flashing lights
Trouble concentrating
Feeling like head is going to explode
Phonophobia (sensitivity to sound)
Pain in/above one eye
Neck Pain
Extreme pressure/throbbing behind eyes
Neck muscle stiffness
Sensitivity to movement
Headache that gets worse turns into migraine
Sinus Pressure
Head pain upon waking
Desire to cut out front upper quartile of head
Continuous migraines one after another
Trouble communicating
Occipital Pain (pain at back of head)
Blurred Vision
Sensitivity to Smell/Odors
Scalp/temples very tender/sensitive
Aura / Seeing flashes of light
Vertigo / Dizziness
Shoulder /Back Pain
Eye pain
Starts at night while sleeping
Intense throbbing on both sides of head
Sensation of blood rushing and pumping in head
Extreme fatigue preceding a migraine
Mood Swings
Uncoordinated, stumbling, unsteady
Feeling hot, then cold, in cycles
neck tightness preceding migraine
Chocolate / Sugar craving
Changing pattern of migraine over years
Sensitivity to fluorescent lights specifically
Cold Extremities
Loss of Appetite
Sore spots on head
Head feels "tight" all over
Carbohydrate Cravings
Extreme Fatigue During and After Headache
too little or too much sleep
migraines more common when on your period
Headache worsens when head is lowered below heart level
Pain/pressure is so bad you want/need extreme pressure to counteract a vice
Vivid Dreams
Feeling foggy, disconnected after migraine
Tinnitus / Ears ringing with repeating noise
Feeling Cold
Icepick/Lightning headache
Short term memory loss
Difficulty finding the right words
Flu-like feeling all over
Band of pain across temples
Sensitivity to Touch
too tired or too much sleep
head feels foggy proceding migraine, like a cloud in your head
12 to 18 migraines a month
Barometer changes trigger migraine
chronic daily headache
Scotoma / Blindspots in Vision
Excessive Yawning
Intense pressure pushing outwards
Several days of non-migraine headaches leading up to migraine
Aura, Scotoma without pain
too hungry
Blotchy vision before migraine, like looking into the sun then away
Pale Face
depth perception really off
extreme sensitivity to voices
Jaw Pain (TMJ)
Sensitive to tight clothing
Feelings of Detachment
Slurring Words
a tight band around the head during the migraine with the intense pain
jaw pain
craving salt
Feeling like a hot poker is going through my right eye
Intense feeling of dread
Twitching Eye
toes freezing cold
Seeing tiny dots all around before migraine
Pain moves from one side of head to other side
Frequent nasal "allergy" symptoms all the time (not just during migraine)
smell cigerettes none there
Mind Racing
If I don't eat for a long time (24 hours) I get a flu-like migraine
Migraine lasts for a week
Hear a whoshing sound when eyes move from side to side
Hurts to put my head on a pillow
Migraine after eating artificial sweeteners
brain feels like it is on fire
feet freezing cold at night
msg, monosodium glutamate
Dull throbbing pain like a stake is positioned from back of right eye to the back of my neck.
Numb or tingling fingers/hands/arms
Wavy visual disturbances
Sensitive to scratchy clothes
Extreme sleepiness about an hour before the pain begins
Sensitive eyebrows (especially before, after, or during a migraine)
Sometimes I can see my heart rate in my pupil
Eyes want to shut, as though one has been crying for months
Switching tasks frequently to avoid thinking about pain
Sensations of menthol smell
wiping my eyes to clear my vision
Burning tongue sensation
I see like rainbow splotches, with that same transparent quality in my field of vision. I can still see around and through them but they're distracting.
Hearing sounds/music that are not really there
Cheeks flush before migraine
heat rather than cold relieves symptoms
Lost ability to read
Using computer screen causes confusion
feeling of rocking, swaying when stilll
Muscle fasciculations
Aftermath was hyperalertness and heightened senses the next day
Shooting, sharp pain from behind eyeball to back of head before migraine
Eczema (even when you don't have a migraine)
nose freezing cold
pixilation of vision
Getting hair colored
Feeling of eye being swollen
Diarrhea or Bowel Incontinence
Extreme sleepy-ness a day or 2 before pain
ingestion of alcohol too swiftly
euphoria/mania before migrane
Feels like top of brain is electric
Always get headache after sex
Watery Eyes
Tightness above both eyes
hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) during and after migraine
Excessive Urination
carotid artery throbbing
Acute confusional migraine
Dry Eyes
Weakness in arms and legs
Symptom "Amnesia": repeatedly having the same pre-symptoms & not able to recognize its a migraine (but those who know you say "it's a migraine!")
Vomiting Bile
Long term Memory Problems
being on birth control pills
Craving for heavy greasy foods like french fries.
upper body gets very cold when falling asleep
feel like I can jump tall buildings/ read 5 books at same time
can't look at other people's face because nauseating distortion of features
statins and plavics prevents them
Intense repetitive thoughts (counting, spelling, etc.)
Feels like you can't move your body, but you could if you concentrated hard enough
Burning eyes, hard to keep open
tightness/ pulling sensation of scalp on opposite side of migraine
ginko biloba relieves it
Aphasia / Inability to speak
People's faces replaced by mosaic pattern
feels like hot wax dripping on my brain
Crave carbs before migraine
Feels like my brain is bleeding
smell of burning rubber prior to migraine
Buchholz diet prevents migraines
Smell of burning, especially matches but nothing is burning.
Appears like the room has split in two/looking through a broken mirror
dull ache in in front of head after taking ibuprofen and my vision returns to normal
Corn, corn based foods
Feeling of cold in the cheek on the opposite side of the head affected by the migraine before or after migraine begins.
Feeling of heavy weight sitting on head
Runny Nose
Feeling hot to the touch
Severe Insomnia before (cannot sleep for 32 hrs+)
Sexual arousal
Lentil beans
Hormonal Imbalance
Pins and needles on one side of scalp/face
Tooth pain
Begins with dull ache at top of head
Floating Colors
swollen eyelids - one sided
Pain starting in shoulder and moving to head
floral smells
Craving Trigger Foods
Uncomfortable to sit or lie down. Need to pace.
Hands get very hot
Eye Drooping
Feeling of full bowels, even though they are not
craving protein
Unquenchable Thirst
Seeing 'snow' or 'static' in central vision
Body aches several hours before migraine
BCP's help &/or lessen migraines
Paralysis on one side of the body
Olfactory Hallucinations
Metallic taste in mouth
Lower leg numbness
Extreme Focus and Productivity before migraine starts
Pressure/hurting nose before migraine
Excessively talkative
Itchy head
Sensitive molars when chewing food
Clammy Hands
fluid in ears
While with cruise control on 67mph my vision disappeared and my voice seemed to be coming from a very dark place-no light. I also did not feel attached to my body. I could not swee the road ahead or the car around me.
rocking motion alleviated by passive motion
Nasal mucus changes before migraine / stuffy nose
Back muscle spasms/rigidity
Tunnel Vision
just started seeing broken lines going around outer eye that are blue
Constant burning sensation in one area of head
feel like my ears are bleeding inside
burned skin feeling
mal de debarquement syndrome
Numbness/tingling in one side of body
Near-Syncope / Fainting
Tingling Lips
Dreams of being constantly in motion
Tingling in neck/shoulder
Thick Saliva
Seeing a bright shadow coming out of words when reading
Feeling of shards of broken glass pushing from inside head out
Elation / Intense energy
Ears suddenly get hot to the touch and appear bright red before a migraine
Synesthesia more noticeable before migraine
Hotspot on top of head
Sneezing before migraine
Feeling of neurons going crazy
Inner Ear Pain
Smelling bacon cooking - and there is none!
Scalpel / cutting sensation on forehead
Having the urge to do extreme things before migraine starts
Crackling feeling inside head
Drooping/numbness on one side of face
Double Vision
Feeling of "echo" head
Formed Hallucinations
Sensation that arms or legs are not part of body
Facial tightness up to 24 hours before migraine
Trouble Breathing
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Starts out feeling like an ear ache
Loss of ability to taste food
Extreme sensitivity to Tyramine
Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement)
Feeling of fluid on back of head
Single pupil dilation
Basal Temperature Drop
Essential Tremor
Ascending numbness, from hands to arm to head
Pain in one complete side of body
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Burning coal sensation under eye
Temporary Paralysis
Itchy tongue on same side as migraine
Excessive ear wax before migraine
Itchy teeth on same side as migraine

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