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Migraine or more?

By October 24, 2011 - 5:23am
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I suffer from migraine headaches since I was a child, I know the symptoms and triggers leading up to a migraine and can prepare by taking medications etc. Of lately, I have noticed that I have headaches more frequently at a specific time and not sure if this is a migraine. For instance, every Sunday evenings I have terrible headaches, with the same symptoms of a migraine. I feel nauseous, loud noise and bright light affects me, I have a consistent pounding in my head etc and I also experience dizziness. This would last until the following day before any kind of releif with the asssistance of drugs etc.

The major concern however, is that this happens every Sunday evening at the same time. I figured that my mind is playing tricks because i really dont want to go to work the Monday, but this cannot be if it happens every solitary Sunday at the same time.

I am going to monitor the types of food i eat on a Sunday to see if their is a trigger but for now, has anyone every come across a similar situation? Could this be a cluster headache? I have read bits and pieces about such headache but still unclear?

Any advice and information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi Kennie,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question. As a Migraine sufferer I know how it feels. What's interesting is your headaches come every Sunday. It can be related to stress from going to work on Monday. Or even eating certain foods or any new physical activity can also trigger your Headaches. My Migraines don't usually happens in a pattern. Unlike migraine and tension headache, cluster headache generally isn't associated with triggers, such as foods, hormonal changes or stress. I feel it's important for you to see your doctor and he can determine the causes of your headache by performing tests like:

Neurological examination
A neurological examination may help your doctor detect physical signs of a cluster headache. Sometimes the pupil of your eye may appear smaller, or your eyelid may droop, even between attacks.

Imaging tests
If you have unusual or complicated headaches or an abnormal neurological exam, you may undergo other diagnostic testing to rule out other serious causes of head pain, such as a tumor or aneurysm. Common brain-imaging tests include:
Computerized tomography (CT) scan. A CT scan uses a series of computer-directed X-rays to provide a comprehensive view of your brain.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI doesn't use X-rays. Instead, it combines magnetism, radio waves and computer technology to produce clear images of your brain.
Here's a link that might help you
Best of luck and keep us posted,

October 24, 2011 - 7:14am
(reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for the advise. I will contact my doctor.

October 24, 2011 - 7:42am
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