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  • #16
    Sounds a lot like a migraine. i get them and some of the bad ones do have a pain residue.

    The fall and spring often provoke migraines in those who are prone to getting them. Hormonal changes, even otherwise positive ones, can bring them on. I'm a migraineur and have had them often recently, as the weather has fluctuated.

    That said, go to a doctor. There is no reason to start on a prescription preventative, but if you can afford it you might want to get a workup. As far as preventatives, I second the advice re: magnesium. When I had them often and badly, the prescription antidepressant Effexor was helpful in a low dose.

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    • #17
      I began getting "silent" migraines (aura only) last year at 31 (pre-primal). I have no idea what caused them to come on but they got more frequent and I was probably getting 1-2 per week sometimes. None of them developed into a full-on migraine though. After starting to eat primally at the beginning of the year I've not had any since.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by melissahayes View Post
        Thanks for replies, its nice to know we aren't alone!
        Just wondering what your thoughts are on mercury poisoning- I have a lot of old fillings. I am scheduled to have 4 drilled out next month- should I worry? Any possibility migraine is due to mercury?
        I have no fillings, so I'm going to go with no. But you might want to track the weather and see if changes in barometric pressure coincide with your headaches. And track your cycles. I usually get a headache 24-48 hours before my period, but I wouldn't call it a migraine
        Sandra
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        • #19
          Originally posted by melissahayes View Post
          Thanks for replies, its nice to know we aren't alone!
          Just wondering what your thoughts are on mercury poisoning- I have a lot of old fillings. I am scheduled to have 4 drilled out next month- should I worry? Any possibility migraine is due to mercury?
          Maybe not migraines, but to avoid being re-poisoned by the mercury as it is being removed, make sure your dentist is up to date with the latest mercury removal techniques, including dams and vaccuuming and nasal protection. Best wishes, and maybe your migraines will depart.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Sandra in BC View Post
            But you might want to track the weather and see if changes in barometric pressure coincide with your headaches.
            Holy crap, yes.

            I'm here in the desert. Monsoon season is about 4 months of storms coming and going. This year it was about one storm per week, and it truly, truly sucked.
            Durp.

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            • #21
              i had all the mercury in my mouth removed for cosmetic purposes only, and there has been no change in my health as related to that. but the resin fillings look a whole lot prettier.

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              • #22
                I've had constant head pressure for, literally, 8 or so years. 24/7 365. Lightly painful in a way that feels like a too-tight yarmulke on my head. Occasionally I'll also have little lightning flashes of electric pain on the left side of my head - I can trace the precise path with my finger.

                I've been to a neurologist, and ENT specialist, and a physical therapist. I've gone through probably 10 or so different medications - antidepressants, muscle relaxants, antipsychotics, anti-arthritics. Had the MRI of course. Have done a sleep study. Nothing has turned off the pressure. I've tried a vast array of supplements. Hell I even tried Grizz's wonky iodine regimin. Nothing.

                I would cry with joy to find a solution.

                I've been extremely vaguely diagnosed with musculo-skeletal neuralgia. Which basically suggests my shoulder and neck construction are ploinking nerves that run up the side of my head. I may just be built wrong. My neck exercises don't help. Next steps include seeing a dedicated chiropractor and a dedicated headache specialist.

                I sincerely wish everyone luck and moreover success in headache treatments.
                Last edited by carlh; 10-23-2012, 08:04 AM.
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                • #23
                  Obviously go see a doctor to rule out any stroke/aneursym type issues....most of all the people on the post are describing classic cervicogenic headaches in some degree..anyone with base of skull pain , top of head that feels like an ice pic is in jammed in there or any one side neck pain radiating around ear and into eye area..this could be from some type of structural mis alignment that cause an imbalance in soft tissue, nerves, ligaments and disc...

                  Carl from ny..is the closest to getting it correct with the imbalance he describes..not built wrong just maintained wrong..simple exam and xray from a spinal rehab specialist would show possible misalignments and possible fixes ..go here and look at it --may help, definetely cant hurt...Chiropractic BioPhysics®, then go to technigue and read what is cbp..lots of medical research and explanation of how it works

                  read it and make your own educated decision to see if this will work for you..
                  Last edited by CDC; 10-23-2012, 09:29 AM.

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                  • #24
                    Good suggestions above. See Doc to ease concerns on what you are suffering. Pay special attention to your food "triggers" -- my first one came after a round of exhausting exercise and a whole bunch of chocolate fondue at dinner. In addition to coffee, I've found it very helpful when the aura clicks in to immediately get to a quiet spot, relax, concentrate on making my fingers/toes feel hot. The idea is to redirect blood from brain to extremities. Tried this several times before "mastering" it, now a standard procedure for me. It is rare for an aura to transition into full blown headache, I normally emerge from the aura with no headache, but still feel generally lousy for several hours afterwards. Potentially good news, my migraines started around age 30, were frequent for several years, then have tapered off as I get older.
                    The Buck stops here. I am responsible for my past and my future. So for today: I choose to be happy. I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to others. I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

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                    • #25
                      For anyone who is interested, I went to the Bastyr Naturopathic Teaching Clinic (excellent rates for low income people!). They are testing me for Mercury (since the problems started the day I had a teeth cleaning and I do have very old amalgam fillings) and H-Pylori. My Migraine actually lasted for 12 days (throwing up only lasted 7 hours). I had 7 auras. I now feel like I am constantly on a boat- dizzy and lightheaded- any movement makes me feel like I might black out- my vision is flickering- and I have brain fog and extreme fatigue.
                      Oh, by the way I do have regular chiropractic adjustments- had one at the beginning of my headache with no results to the pain.
                      I'll post progress and test results.
                      Last edited by melissahayes; 10-26-2012, 09:07 AM.

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                      • #26
                        please dont associate the "traditional" chiropractic adjustment, while there is nothing wrong with it, with what i was suggesting..chiropractic adjustment and spinal rahab are two completelty different things...look at the link..

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by CDC View Post
                          please dont associate the "traditional" chiropractic adjustment, while there is nothing wrong with it, with what i was suggesting..chiropractic adjustment and spinal rahab are two completelty different things...look at the link..
                          Thanks, i'll look into that!

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                          • #28
                            Hey my chiropractor is listed on the site you mention CDC! He was the 1st one to come up- Awesome!

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