So, some background about myself--I'm a 21 year old, Asian female, with absolutely no family history of migraines. I've been getting migraine symptoms since january 2nd of this year (2006). Before seeing a doctor, I had done a lot of internet research to figure out what was wrong with me. At first I thought maybe I had an anneurysm--meaning i scared myself into seeing a doctor. I saw a physician and she said that I'm having migraines, but that if I don't respond to the medication that she would gladly refer me to a neurologist.
As of now, I'm wondering if I should really see a neurologist to make sure I'm okay. My migraines will come about once a month, seemingly randomly. I can't figure out a trigger even though I keep a migraine journal. A lot of the foods that cause migraines are things I don't tend to eat naturally anyway, or never caused migraines before. Also, I was never a headache sufferer--I never even knew what a headache really was until i began to have my migraines. I haven't tried the medicine she prescribed [Midrin], but from reading a lot of reviews online.. no one really likes it. Also, I'm starting to have rebound headaches every day. When I first started getting migraines, during the in between time.. I was perfectly normal. Now, my head hurts regardless, though it's not one of my severe migraine episodes.
Also, I read another entry in this forum about a guy who was around my age with migraine symptoms that developed more recently..who found out that his migraines were caused by a tumor. His scenario scares me a lot!
My basic question is: Do migraines develop without any family history at my age of 21? I don't know if my situation is typical seeing that many migraine suffers seem to have some sort of family history of stroke or headaches--mind you that I never had headaches to begin with. Regardless, I will still see a neuro, but I was just wondering if migraines can develop out of no where.
Any comments would be appreciated.