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My wife is suffering from fairly frequent migraines. Is this something you live with? Do they come and go, cycle-out? I'd sure like to find some relief for her.

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I suffer from migraines and know many others who do as well. To me, when they become a chronic issue, a good neurologist isn't a bad idea. If you google "anatomy of a migraine' there are several articles that discuss the stages of migraines: maybe you and your wife can pinpoint some of the things that happen before the headache shows up and eventually prevent it from getting out of control -- sometimes that works. Also, the headache is a symptom of a migraine, so there are many things that can go with the headache, and some lucky devils (such as myself) often get migraines without the headache!


I completely know where you're coming from when you ask, "do people live with these". Migraine headaches are no fun! But yes, there are people who can't seem to get rid of them and simply are stuck dealing with them, but, I think there are lots of ways to help reduce the headaches and reduce the frequency.


If your wife has no history of migraines, I'd say that warrants a trip to the doctor sooner than later to rule out other problems.


I hope she gets to feeling better soon!

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Hi, marktwain. Luvbnmom is right about the migraines. Our page on Brain (Cerebral) Involvement talks about vascular headaches, of which migraine is one type. She should definitely tell her doctor about these headaches.

Warm wishes,



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Hello Marktwain


I've just read your post and I have had migraines before. As already said they are a type of vascular headache which includes cluster headaches as well as migraines.


There are drugs that can help lessen the severity and frequency of the vascular headache. Get your wife to keep a diary of when she gets the headaches along with what she eats and her monthly cycle as both food and hormones can effect migraines. Definately see a neurologist and if you've already done the diary thing you'll be one step further ahead when you see the doctor.


It can be a long process of trial and error but is well worth ipursuing. My mother suffered with migraines for years and never sought treatment, I now know she suffered unnecessarily.


I hope your wife gets some relief as they can be unbelieveably painful.



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