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south carolina
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   Posted 4/9/2008 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had migraine headaches for about 20 years now (I'm 55). A caffeine-free diet has helped reduce the frequency dramatically, but they still
happen for other reasons as well. However, I'm sure a lot of you have had similar experiences, and that's not why I'm writing.

At the end of February of this year, I had lasik surgery to correct my vision.
Since that time I've had two onsets of headaches--and guess what? they are far less severe now. I recognize the symptoms (the bodily and emotional feelings), but the severity of the headaches has diminished dramatically.
I have no idea why this may be true, but I wanted to offer this information to others in the hope that it might provide some clue as to why migraines happen, and how we can stop them. I'm not suggesting this surgery to cure migraines--I am asking why? What is the correlation?

I hope this knowledge can help anyone out there.

korbnep
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   Posted 4/12/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
That is interesting. However, having only had headaches myself for about five and a half years now, I've had detailed vision testing, whether it's been part of a neurological exam (having a colored stick moved into my peripheral vision and identifying when I can make out the color, following a light with my eyes, examining my optic nerve by hand microscope..) or by an eye-doctor (where I've had my pupils dilated and the optic nerve more closely examined and had more detailed peripheral vision testing). Personally, no problems found. I do wear glasses however and I've tried going through periods when I wear them all the time and when I wear them not at all and when I wear them depending on the circumstance (as is more proper). It's not something I haven't heard of to have stress on the eyes of the optic nerve cause (or worsen) headaches. Is this what you think helped you? Or, perhaps more informative, has your neurologist commented on its role in your improvement?

Anyhow, thank you very much for the information! It's soooo important to consider all of these things that may affect our headaches!

I'm very happy you're feeling better! Regards,
Ben
DX: NDPH, Recovered CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Provigil, Clonazepam, Ambien CR, Emsam, Namenda, Oxycontin, Oxycodone
PRN: Haloperidol, Zyprexa, Lodine, Zofran, Skelaxin


south carolina
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   Posted 4/13/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Ben,
Thanks for your response. I don't have a neurologist, and this is the first time I've passed this information on to someone. I had wondered if the fact that those who need their vision corrected somehow use muscles or nerves that aggravate their condition--other than that I didn't know.
One other thought--in most cases of corrective laser surgery, the recipients (including myself), have to keep their eyes lubricated. I wonder if there is a correlation with the tear ducts. Since I have no medical skills these are only speculations, but worth considering.

I'm going to contact someone around here so that the information becomes part of the data base.

Thanks for your response and I wish you well.
Don
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