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   Posted 3/3/2014 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 32 year old who has experienced, until now, pretty typical migraines with aura. Typically pop up every six months or so, with some pretty obvious light triggers.

about a month ago, I had a run of the mill aural migraine. Thought nothing of it. Then two weeks later, I had another one. And then another. At this point, I am up to five migraines in a month. I went to my GP as well as a neurologist, both of who have chalked this up to sleep deprivation and stress.

I have a 16 week old baby that HATES sleeping and whose arrival was very, very traumatic (NICU, etc) . This has been the most stressful, sleepless time of my life, without question.

My questions is as to whether you guys think this could really be responsible for such a big increase in migraines.

The neuro said that in his experience, sleep is the single biggest factor affecting migraines. He also did a full exam, labs, and checked for intracranial pressure, which he said was all totally normal. Of course, there is a hypochondriac side of me that is sure this is a sign of something serious (e.g., brain problems). The neuro said this is classic migraine/aura presentation, and that if it was something serious, there would be other symptoms and the painwould be worsening and constant.

Thoughts? I am freaking out here.

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   Posted 3/3/2014 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Migraine with aura. I had visual (ocular) migraines frequently for in excess of 10 years, not uncommonly a few times a week. Never had any headache.

Concurrently with the visual migraine I apparently had a seizure disorder, that went on for 19 years undiagnosed.

The visual migraines were not aura for the seizures, the migraines had one presentation, the seizures another, and oddly enough never the twain did meet.

My neurologist says that sometimes there's only a fine line separating seizures from migraine. In addition, although after about 10 years of no migraine control, I finally was medicated correctly which reduced the majority of visual migraine. The medication I take for seizures completely stopped them, and I was able to discontinue the migraine medication.

My point, finally, is that migraines and seizures can be and often are facilitated by lack of sleep or erratic sleep schedules, this seems to be afflicting you at this present time. I'd feel reassured that you have spoken with your neurologist and he is unconcerned.

Best wishes for you and the baby. Hope my answer helps.

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   Posted 3/4/2014 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I agree! Stress and sleep depravation certainly will bring on a string on migraine pain.

I have trigeminal neuralgia and when that kicks in there is no sleep unless I take something. Than in turn lights up the migraines.

Try, exercise to releave some of the stress, or at least some walking even if it is at night. If you meditate I suggest you do some or learn how this is very helpful and not difficult to learn.

Stay away from sugars and high carbs, caffine chocolate. Spinach is great of lowering migraines (raw in salads or sandwiches) Push the water, lots of water.

I hope this helps.
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