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Migraine (9,327 members)


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