Not all headaches are migraines

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   Posted 8/17/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Everyone here with a migraine should see a neurologist and get a brain MRI done. I caught my neurologist off guard as she thought I had a migraine, turns out my enlarged pituitary gland is caused by high levels of prolactin and the doctors are treating it as a pituitary gland prolactin tumor and I'm on Cabergoline. I wish everyone here good luck in their everyday battle with migraines as that is so very hard. Soft hugz to all.

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   Posted 8/20/2007 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Very smart advice. Some are from cardiovascular causes, some from neurological causes, some from chemical imbalances, some are from depression or stress, etc. There are many different types of migranes and headaches. Some are so hard to tell from the others. I had basal migraines that were from blood clots and hemipelgic migraines from nervous system disease. Some diagnosis are common and some are rare. I suffered for years, perhaps needlessly. The best thing to do is to see a specialist and to find the right medication.

Also, regarding medication. There are certain medications for certain types of headaches/migraines. Like when I had hemipeligic migraines they gave me immatrex. It is good for a tension migraine, but could have killed me with a hemipelgic migraine. It is very important to see a specialist that can give you the right medication as well as the right diagnosis.

For the most part headaches/migraines are common. But for those of us who suffer on a regular and/or severe basis, there are some who require more evaluation. For years, I let the doctors tell me it was no big deal. It was a big deal. Mine weren't the average tension headache. I realize how hard it is to function and fight with doctors at the same time, but it is worth getting a referral and taking the trip to the neurologist. Good luck to all - Kristin
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   Posted 8/21/2007 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you CNSKris. The hardest part for me at the neurologist is she wanted a date for when my headaches started and I really couldn't give her one cause I've had these headaches all my life and didn't really ever notice a time without them and she kept asking and I told her I didn't know. That was frustrating other than that she seemed to be okay and at least she ordered the MRI..............I wish you good luck with your battle Kristin and everyone else too and lots of soft hugz to all.................
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