Are my migraines "normal"?

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   Posted 6/29/2016 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the past two months I've been keeping track of my migraines. It turns out I have more "migraine days" than "normal" ones. The typical course of a migraine for my starts with feeling "off", fuzzy headed and can't think right, dizzy, more anxious than usual, heart palpitations, changes in vision, increasing sensitivity to smell, sound and light. This often stays that way for a couple days. Then it progresses to pain in my jaw and the lower side of my head, on the left. The pain isn't excruciating right away, or usually even the same day. Things usually carry on with pain at about a 4 or 5, along with the other symptoms for another couple days. Then, I often get a severe spike in pain to the point I'm literally writhing in pain and crying. I'm not really sure how long that lasts. Forever, I think, but probably no more than an hour from what I've been told. Then the pain will often subside and I'm left with just the other symptoms for a day or so. Sometimes it doesn't go away and peaks again in another day or so. After it's all done, I feel shaky, worn out and generally bad for a few days. Then, it starts all over again in a few days. Out of the past 41 days, only 12 were free of migraine symptoms. And that's about how it always is, I guess, since I haven't had an usual number of migraines. Believe it or not, all those migraine days comprised only 3 migraine events! They last for a long time, at least a week.
As for triggers, there's my period, cigarette smoke, lack of sleep, high anxiety (which is great, since I have generalized anxiety disorder) and red wine. I can't isolate any more than that. I suspect that they would happen even if I had none of those triggers.
I've tried triptans, which I can't tolerate due to the side effects. I'm currently taking ketorolac for the pain. It does absolutely nothing, so I don't know why I take it. I also have metoclopramide for the nausea, which does help. I'm also on beta blockers for the anxiety, my blood pressure and the migraines. I'm not sure if that helps the migraines, really.
So, are migraines that act this way normal? It seems like they're supposed to have quick onset rapidly become horribly painful and then be over with within a day or so. Mine...aren't like that. Though my doctor says they're migraines.

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   Posted 6/30/2016 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
G welcome to the forum.

First, there just are not any 'normal' migraines. Everyone is not different.

It sounds like, from my experiences, that you may have a few different types of migraines going on.

If you are not seeing a Neuro that specializes in migraines, I strongly suggest you find and switch doctors. It can make all difference.

Also, my Neuro put a med into my combo of meds that did not work back in 2007. Once I got off my high horse, took the med and gave it a fair chance, my daily pain is a 2-4 most days, until evenings when it spikes. Activity will trigger my pain.

I do hope this helped you.
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   Posted 7/5/2016 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not seeing a neurologist at all, actually. Just my regular doctor who is a general practitioner. And I didn't know a person could have more than one type of migraine. I'm not all that familiar with types of migraines, actually.
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