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A 22-year-old female asked:

What can cause throbbing/pulsating unilateral headaches with only sensitivity to movement, some smell sensitivity. no phonophobia or sound phobia. is it possible to still be a migraine?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Can be that or : Other things too. Look for the source of your migraine to make sure you eliminate triggers, which can be dietary too like proteins from cheese, wine, other foods that you can be tested for by your PCP. Also vascular and musculoskeletal causes can add to this unilateral picture. It can be a stress tension headache vs. migraine as well. Consider all causes.
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Yep. Migraines: present with a full range of Sx's, some of which you just described. Each person can have one or many of a basket of possible Sx's, ranging from aches (anywhere on the head), sensitivities to light, sound, movement, heat, pressure, etc. Migraines can happen in any part of the body--they are just experienced differently. Go to a neurologist for this one.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Yes: It can still be a migraine. See a neurologist to determine cause and treatment plan. certain types of Biofeedback are very effective for migraines. Learning to manage your stress so that it does not generate a headache can also help. You might try meditation.
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And if these non-pharmacologic methods are not effective ( or effective enough) these are medications that can stop the headache from developing as well as others that can provide symptomatic relief.
Jul 23, 2017

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