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Is there a link between migraines and MS I have had migraines since age 10 and was recently told I have ms, I have noticed a large number of MS patients seem to also have or have had migraine histories.

Is there a link between migraines and MS I have had migraines since age 10 and was recently told I have ms, I have noticed a large number of MS patients seem to also have or have had migraine histories.

Yes, definitely: About 52% of ms patients suffer migraine headaches and there seems to be a general relationship, but, if there are lesions in the periaqueductal brainstem region, the headache incidence goes up four-fold. This is readily managed with appropriate migraine preventative measures, and your regular neurologist will manage this easily. ...Read more

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Migraine (Definition)

A head pain which is usually recurrent, and often in variable locations and severity, associated with few or all the following symptoms; fear of light, fear of sound, nausea, vomiting, bright or dark spots floating in front of eyes, tingling and numbness of one side of face or body. All ...Read more

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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

Keep diary of when you get the migraine
Once
Keep track of migraines' duration and severity, plus other symptoms
Once
Consider that a TMJ/TMD issue may be causing migraines
Once
Watch for grinding of the teeth (bruxism) and clenching during day
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Is there a way to tell from an MRI report if the locations of brain lesions/hyperintensities are indicative of migraine versus ms?

Is there a way to tell from an MRI report if the locations of brain lesions/hyperintensities are  indicative of migraine versus ms?

Yes: Mri is one of the diagnostic methods that will help diagnose ms with these lesions and will differentiate between migraines and ms. However, to truly rule out ms early on, you also need an MRI of the spine as well as lesions can appear there also, sometimes before the brain. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

See your doctor for a referral to a neurologist
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Discuss treatment options with a specialist
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Avoid stressful or negative situations
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Get 6-8 hrs of sleep
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Left vocal chord paralysis. Mri scattered pv & sc wm flair nonspecific. Atypical for ms. I am 55 no high BP or migraine. Is MS stil a possibility?

Left vocal chord paralysis. Mri scattered pv & sc wm flair nonspecific. Atypical for ms.  I am 55 no high BP or migraine. Is MS stil a possibility?

Unlikely.: Possible but unlikely. I would put money on local injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Look in the upper chest and neck for a cause. ...Read more

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Saw neuro after visual disturbance, probable migraine. MRI to r/o mass, found 3mm hyperintensity ant. parietal subcortical. Ref'd to MS specialist?

Saw neuro after visual disturbance, probable migraine. MRI to r/o mass, found 3mm hyperintensity ant. parietal subcortical. Ref'd to MS specialist?

Depends: There are many lesions that appear on imaging as non-specific and can be seen in many lesions. There are exact criteria that are present which makes MRI useful in the diagnosis, discussing with another specialist might discern or eliminate this diagnosis. The finding on MRI is more consistent with migraine. ...Read more

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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

Take daily migraine medications
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Take medication at the first sign of an attack
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Maintain a headache log
2x day
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Can 1 migraine cause a spot on the brain that can be being confused for MS. Or does it take more than 1 migraine to create a spot and it might be MS?

Can 1 migraine cause a spot on the brain that can be being confused for MS. Or does it take more than 1 migraine to create a spot and it might be MS?

MRI: You seem to be putting the cart before the horse. Do you actually have neurological symptoms consistent with MS, or is there a question that one lesion would confirm a disease, which by description is "multiple". Also, is it clear that your "spot" is due to migraine or some other condition. Have a comprehensive conference with your physician and get this addressed. ...Read more

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