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Posted by Christine ( on December 14, 2000 at 23:52:28:

Should I give you my "story"? Was dx with migraines at age 10 (experienced the whole vision loss, vomiting, tingling and loss of feeling in limbs, etc along with the stabbing pain-they ruled out a brain tumor). Was on Inderal for 2 years and they went away for a long time. Came back when I was a young adult periodically. When I was a student in nursing school I had one that sent my blood pressure up to like 200plus over something. Anyway, more recently, I've been having HA's that seemed to be related to my menstrual cycle-between ovulation and period. OB said try oral contraceptive, she thought my progesterone was spiking too fast. That just temporarily moved them to another part of my cycle. I've taken several of these "quizzes" and I seem to have characteristics of several different types, some cluster, some migraine, and some sinus, some tension. They do seem to come in clusters, always one-sided, starting out with a lot of muscle tension around the shoulder/shoulder blade, neck, jaw, cheek, ear, temple, eye socket, etc (I am compelled to push hard on those areas ... then the throbbing/stabbing starts in my head, sometimes its hard to pinpoint where exactly. I usually have to take tylenol and go to a dark room and go to sleep to make them go away. Sometimes I will wake up and it's gone, other times I wake up and it's still there, not quite as bad, but intensifies throughout the day. Sometimes if I feel one coming on and take tylenol right away it will ward it off. When I have one that goes away while I'm still awake, I feel really sleepy and relaxed. Frequently, I do get the weird eye (not severely droopy, but watery) and stuffy nose on that side. Sometimes if it's really bad I do get a little nauseous. Haven't vomited with one in ages though. Really confusing!

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