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Feb. 14th, 2012 10:27 am
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[personal profile] wyldbutterflies posting in [community profile] headache
I suffer from headaches that went from just the average headache to full-blown migraine status over the last couple years. There are many reasons why I could be getting them, but I what I want to ask about is symptoms.

I usually get visual disturbances, sensitivity to light or sound, occasional nausea, and a few other things that make me want to rip my head off with my bare hands. But the other day I experienced something new that seemed to be a precursor to the migraine.

Does anyone else experience sensitivity on their scalp prior to or during a migraine? For example, I noticed (a good day before the actual migraine pain) that my scalp was sensitive to pressure. And right before the migraine (a few hours before) my hair began to hurt when touched our brushed - for example, it was if I had been wearing a ponytail tightly all day, or if I was wearing a cap full of little needles with a sunburn on my head.

Anyone else experience this strangeness?

Date: 2012-02-14 04:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feuervogel
Sometimes, yeah, though it's not just my scalp. I'll be hypersensitive to any stimulus.

Date: 2012-02-15 02:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] telesilla
I have migraines without most of early warnings, but I do get a sensation like the earpieces of my glasses are too tight or I'm wearing a hat that's a size too small just before a headache. And my mom used to get the sensitive hair thing.

Date: 2012-02-15 04:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
I sometimes have trouble wearing hats right before a headache brews. Even if the hat would not normally be a problem, it feels like the band is tightening around my head and even if I whip it off immediately I still feel that tightness afterwards. Very vexing, especially as I am fond of hats.

The only thing I've found useful in these situations is ice packs to the back of my neck, or sometimes the top of my head, and being in a cave of darkness. Also, the "caffeine trick" sometimes works but also messes with my sleep cycle so it's a toss-up. (Caffeine trick: drink some strong coffee right at the onset of symptoms and it can sometimes help abort the migraine. There's actually caffeine in Midrin, my migraine medication of choice, and also in some OTC migraine medications. Of course, regularly drinking caffeine can be bad for migraines because if you miss drinking it you can get withdrawal headaches.)

Anyway, I'm rambling, but I hope you get some relief and that the community helps!

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