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Doctor thinks i may be having a weird cluster or tension headache - or that it's even a migraine variant as I have migraines.Safe to try sumitriptian?

Doctor thinks i may be having a weird cluster or tension headache - or that it's even a migraine variant as I have migraines.Safe to try sumitriptian?

Migraine: Sumatriptan is an abortive medicine for migraine. . Sumatriptan has a minimum efficacy of 70 % at 60 minutes but should not be given in the prodrome or aura stage. If you are in headache stage and responsive to triptans it will support the diagnosis of migraine. Re.: see headache or orofacial specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


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Neurologist believes it was a tia, but ER doc and pcp believe that it was "migraine variant"...Who do I believe when 3 docs are not in agreement?

Neurologist believes it was a tia, but ER doc and pcp believe that it was "migraine variant"...Who do I believe when 3 docs are not in agreement?

All may be right: Complex migraine can produce a vascular spasm that can cause a transient ischemic attack (tia). Young women on bcps can have true stroke due to migraine. Aspirin is the best treatment. Ergots are high risk. Decision is still uncertain about use of triptans. ...Read more

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Neurology question: ER said I had "migraine variant" but l arm still weak & tingles and l eye still blurry around edges-this really a migraine still?

Neurology question: ER said I had "migraine variant" but l arm still weak & tingles and l eye still  blurry around edges-this really a migraine still?

Migraine maybe: Migraine headache can cause localized weakness and visual changes such as you describe. The er doctor probably did some testing and imaging studies to check for a stroke. If not, then this needs to be done. If you symptoms persist or worsen, go back to the er for further evaluation... ...Read more

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Who's good @ neurology? @ ER yesterday-he said it was "migraine variant" but head still hurts a little & left arm/hand still tingles/weak--whats up?

Who's good @ neurology? @ ER yesterday-he said it was "migraine variant" but head still hurts a little & left arm/hand still tingles/weak--whats up?

Get referral: The american academy of neurology has lists of neurologists nationwide, and could provide some names where you live. Your local medical society can also give you some contacts. On-line reviews of doctors can be found at such sites as "health-grades", and primary care doctors often work with neurologists whom they trust. ...Read more

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Headache for 1+ weeks symptoms of migraine, cluster, tension. Dr says may be a migraine variant referred to neurologist what is a migraine variant?

Headache for 1+ weeks  symptoms of migraine, cluster, tension. Dr says may be a migraine variant referred to neurologist  what is a migraine variant?

Variety of headaches: Migraine headaches can manifest in many ways. Variant simply means one version of headache. Your neurologist can tell you which one(s), e.g., muscular, vascular, tension, sinus, etc. Try to be patient if you are put through a lot of tests. That can rule out more serious things. You can also look into the impact of possible food sensitivities, lifestyle, and hormonal influences. ...Read more

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Sudden headache, left arm weak/numb, severe fatigue (new migraine symptoms 4 me) ER called it a "migraine variant"-how do I know which variant it is?

Sudden headache, left arm weak/numb, severe fatigue (new migraine symptoms 4 me) ER called it a "migraine variant"-how do I know which variant it is?

Migraine variant: Migraine variant is a descriptive term used when a migraine causes symptoms in parts of the body other than your head. These migraine variants are sometimes further described according to the part of the body that is affected. The migraine variant you describe is one of the more common presentations. For more information see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/ ...Read more

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Am i having migraine variants from cervical ddd and do I need surgery?

Am i having migraine variants from cervical ddd and do I need surgery?

Most of the time, No: Although I have a number of patients in my headache clinic who have severe headaches due to cervical degenerative arthritis my belief is that migraine symptoms or its variants are more likely due to a primary headache process such as migraine headaches as opposed to a consequence of something else. Bottom line is a good headache specialist will be able to tease this out for you. ...Read more

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How do I avoid a migraine?

How do I avoid a migraine?

Migrain avoidance: Migrain headache avoidance has some thing to do with avoiding triggers.... You should have done a diary for your headache what exactly bring your headache is it stress...Is it food and what type of food is it noise light , what ever it is you have to avoid it and in case of light u need to say in dark quiet room ...And also some medications can be given to avoid headache consider as prophylactic. ...Read more

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How do I treat a migraine?

How do I treat a migraine?

Many ways: There are many therapies to migraines. If acute otc meds like excedrin helps. Prescriptions such as triptans have been used to abate the migraine if severe enough. If this a chronic condition, reduce stressors, exercise, meditation, food triggers, acupuncture/yoga can all help. There is of course medications for chronic migraine as well. Keeping a log of your migraines may be helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A migraine is a type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain. It also usually causes light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. Migraines can ...Read more