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   Posted 3/4/2011 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Amanda and I specifically searched out a forum dealing with migraine that was up to date. I am going to make a somewhat lengthy post and any bit of information or common experiences I would greatly GREATLY appreciate your input! I am 26 years old and I have a long history with migraines, which started when I was 17. I don't typically have your common migraine. My migraines usually start out with an aura and I have blurred/tunnel vision for about a half an hour and then my vision clears up and I pretty much have a dull headache for the rest of the day. They usually only happen about 2 times a year. I can live with that.

In late January I started having some right ear-ish pain and it would radiate to a pinpoint spot on the top of my skull on the right side of my head. This went on for a few days then I started having FULL BLOWN pain in my teeth both top and bottom on the right side of my face that went on for a couple weeks. In this time span I went to my dentist who took a panoramic and sent me to an oral surgeon. I still have all four of my wisdom teeth and the top two look simple but the two bottom ones have a sort of clear circle around the roots. My dentist was stumped and sent me to a surgeon who seemed to think my wisdom teeth were not the root of the problem and suggested I had a herpetic infection in my gums (I get a lot of cold sores). I agreed that possibly I was having a herpetic infection in my gums because they were very tender and I developed hard sores on my gums. But I think that something led to that flare up...

So after that pain from my teeth went away I started having a headache that was characterized by random pains in the top right side of my head and the occipital area. Just random pinpoint headaches. I have kind of had headaches like this before and I just wanted to wait it out to see if it went away and it didn't. It progressed to the other side of my head and now my left ear area is hurting with pretty consistent, intermittent dull pains in my frontal forehead sinus areas, the occipital region and the top of my head. All of these pains are somewhat pinpoint and they are not very general. This has all been going on for about 2.5 weeks now. I finally went to the doctor and she gave me samples of Maxalt and told me that if it isn't better in 2 days to come back for a cat scan. She seemed to think that if the Maxalt helped that then it was probably a migraine. I guess the Maxalt did help a little bit but my headache is so inconsistent and random that it's hard to tell. So I guess I am going to go back on Monday just to maybe go ahead with the cat scan.

I was just wondering if anyone has had any similar experiences and what you think could be the issue? She keeps telling me that I need to find the trigger of my migraine but that is kind of hard when you have a "migraine" for three weeks straight.

Again I know it's long but any response will be TOTALLY APPRECIATED!!!

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 3/5/2011 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amanda,

It sounds like the occipital nerves (greater and lesser) and trigeminal nerve (various projections) are "acting up." This is all fairly typical with migraine.

Could the a herpetic outbreak have triggered the migraine? It's possible. The treatment would still be the same (maybe.... maybe.... your first choice preventative medications would be slightly different, if you even decided to go that route. With only 2 migraines a year, preventatives aren't really warranted.).

It's wonderful if you can find the trigger of your migraine. Sometimes it's really evident, other times you won't find it and sometimes it takes years. Are you seeing a GP or a neuro. If the former I would make an appt. with a neuro. After three weeks it's time to take try to break the migraine.

Best of luck!

Post Edited (EvilFluorescents) : 3/5/2011 12:06:40 AM (GMT-7)

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