Hello and welcome,
I'm not a doctor so I can't tell you if a "migraine" can last two weeks. I can tell you I've had headaches that have lasted for two weeks. Unfortunately they can start as a migraine or really bad headache that you take a bunch of over the counter (OTC) medications for and the don't work and you keep taking more and the headache doesn't get better and eventually you get a rebound headache because your body needs the medication. Stress added to that cycle doesn't help. Your body doesn't relax so your muscles and / or blood vessels can't relax / constrict and so pain killers may cover the pain temporarily but don't really get a chance to work.
In that instance you usually need to see a doctor to get something to stop the cycle. Something a lot stronger. Unfortunately if your stress is strong enough and if you don't stop that doesn't always work. I often find I have to stop, stop the worry, stop the concern, relax, let the medications work and let the headache stop.
Good luck, let us know how it goes.
Yes, Yes and YES!!!
I had one that lasted 33 days!!! I was not sure that I was going to survive the pain that I was in, and then the depression that caused.
Please stop taking the advil or any over the counter pain medications, that MAY be contributing to your headaches. You need a proper diagnosis before taking anything like that.
If it is a migraine that is lasting that long you need to take the right medication to stop the head pain and then figure out if you need something to prevent the headaches. If they are, advil may be causing rebound headaches like Nicky said. If not, you could still be causing more harm than good.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as I am not sure what else to tell you at the moment. Please find out the results and take it from there.
I had a false positive result for MS, with optic nerve swelling...see a good doctor who knows what they are talking about.
Take care and promise to let us know, ok???
Yes, it can last months even. I've had migraine for 2+ years, now. It sucks. If advil isn't helping, then you should probably discontinue it, because it's not good for the tummy anyway, if you're using it as much as you say you are.
Another thing to consider is that you may be having rebound headaches, which can be migraines and are extremely painful. Have you stopped drinking coffee or have gone on a diet recently? Are you taking a new medication or has something changed in your lifestyle in the past month? Look up Rebound headaches and you'll see that they can even be more painful than migraines. What you'll want to do is add back whatever changed in your life, if possible. Then, if it's something you're trying to cut out, cut it down a tiny bit each day, instead of all at once.
If it's not rebound I'd recommend finding a good pain management doctor, if your neurologist is unable to help you. In my experience, Pain Management doctors are WAAAAAAY better than neurologists for treating migraines of any duration. That's jsut mho, but I've heard the same from alot of other people, too. Good luck and I hope you'll feel better soon.
Post Edited (EvilFluorescents) : 2/7/2011 10:36:43 AM (GMT-7)