Are my headaches migraines

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here are my symptoms.

Chills and blue nails

Pulsing tinnitus

pain at base of skull

sore throat

turns into a full headache.

these started out of the blue about two years ago. They last usually 2 days and always start at the base of my skull and loud tinnitus. I actually find the chills are the worst part of it because I cannot get warm to sleep. I take a mix of paracetamol and ibuprofen and this helps. Thanks for your help, doctors say they are typical migraines, though I'm lucky I don't have any auras etc.

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    Hi Shirley

    I get migraines I've had them since, I was a young child!

    I get auras blue dots, and then I get the slight ache, that goes on to having the annoyance, of visual disturbance zig zag lines like lighting,in front of my eyes!💤not nice.😬 But I usually just close my eyes and force myself,to have a nap if it's during the day. Or if I get woken up in the night,I just force myself to go back to sleep,its dark so it's not too bad. I wake up in morning feeling 'washed out almost like I've been in a big washing machine done a few rounds!! Lol😜' is the only way, I can describe it! really🤔. But I have scoliosis and bulging disk and arthritis in my lower back region. The stiff neck sets it all off! Misery just misery! which isn't good. So I tend to have migraine more because of this problem.😢

    Liz👍

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    hi, similar to my migraines which are caused by auto immune disease...I have very sore neck etc with my migraine. Did not respond to classic migraine remedies.  Now I am diagnosed and treated I am symptom free thank goodness. The migraine was so disabling. I had a lot of other symptoms with the migraine though. Migraine can be just simply migraine or symptom of a more systemic problem. If you have wider health problems you might want to look at an underlying cause. 
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      Hello Margaret

      I too get migraines...maybe 2 a month.  I take Rizatriptan ODT under tongue and have to lay down and try to sleep... sometimes I will take a Nausua med that helps me sleep.  Sometimes it starts as a sinus issue then goes into eye pain then head.  I also get very sore neck and it actually clicks when I move my head around.  I thought your cause of migraines and immune system was very interesting as I also suffer from Chronic urticaria which is caused by my immune system.  Unfortunately I stress a lot which is not good for that and my body sure lets me know it.  How did you know about the immune system causing migraines.....very interesting.  My migraines are usually due to stress or weather changes sometimes not eating on time.

      thank you for sharing,

      Wendy

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      Hi Wendy I also have urticaria. The symptoms you have can be symptoms of an underlying issue. I am out at the moment but can message you more fully later. Maybe tomorrow. But if your migraine and urticaria are accompanied by other symptoms...possibly gi issues...ibs or any joint pain you may, like me, have a rare cause of migraine. Mine was particularly painful and with a lot of neck pain. X0
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      I too am an itchy person with rashes. They once thought I had Lupus but it was inconclusive. I always have an elevated infection count so I wonder if this is all related and that it what the headaches are coming from. Do any of you have a high uric acid count but not gout symptoms ? My neck also creaks etc.
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      Well I am not sure my uric acid was ever high but they always check it in clinic.

      I have a form of vasculitis called Behcet's disease. Similar to Lupus. That type of migraine is or can be related to vasculitis. Urticaria can be another symptom. My blood tests never 'proved' I had it and often they don't. I only tend to have raised inflammatory markers. I was diagnosed on history like many of us are.

      Anyone suffering those type of symptoms should ask that vasculitis be ruled out. But it must be assessed ny a specialist not your gp.

      I also get the 'butterfly rash' common to Lupus which is a flushing red in the face and neck area.

      There are several forms of vasculitis. There are so many symptoms which van be related. Some people have a lot of symptoms and some only a few.

      I would say Wendy that blood tests don't rule out vasculitis. There must have been a reason they suspected Lupus. Who did you see for that?

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      Hi Wendy just reading your post again. My symptoms are very responsive to weather changes also. Very hot or humid weather kicks off a flare for me. Most extreme changes in temperature. The sore throat and tinnitus are also symptoms I recognise.

      Often these flares won't respond to most migraine treatments. The problem is they are caused by inflammation and that must be controlled for the pain to go. They present like classical migraine but they are not.

      Where on the planet are you? I am in London uk.

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      Hello Margaret

      I am in Virginia USA.  It's amazing that we can share with each other all over the world. Did not suspect Lupus must be another blogger...however I was tested for many things and Lupus was not an issue.  Yes it's difficult concerning weather changes bringing on sinus type migraine as you don't know what to take for that as you can get worse if one takes decongestant or other meds. I just take the Rizatriptan ODT and go to bed.  I am actually seeing a Vasculitis specialist for my chronic urticaria in fact I have apt. with her next week and think I will mention about my migraines.....thank you for sharing!  I'll let you know what she says.

      i have made friends with a gal from the UK on the Chronic Urticaria blog.

      have a very nice day!

      talk soon

      wendy

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      hi yes that was aimed at the other lady in the discussion re Lupus. Sorry confused the two comments. I would say if you are seeing someone re vasculitis then speak to them about headache. And I would be careful about the Triptans....does that help? I think they can be problematic for that type of headache. 

      See if you can google information on a Dr Desmond Kidd, writing on Behcet's disease. He writes so well about the inflammatory causes of those sorts of migraines. I know he is talking about Behcet's but the same thing goes for vasculitis in general. It can be a particular type of inflammation....called meningoencephalitis. I know that sounds scary but it is a type of symptom that can be controlled with good central disease control. 

      I was diagnosed with that some time ago. I hope your vasculitis specialist helps you with that. The problem is not all docs seem to appreciate the wide range of symptoms you can get and that this particular migraine is so often misdiagnosed. x

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    Hi Shirley, I personally have never had any of those symptoms. Although, I know every Migraine is different with every person. My Mom and both my sons are migraine sufferers and tho our symptoms are alike, they not the same. But never what you are dealing with. 

    Some of your symptoms like the blue nails and the sore throat, chills sounds awful and I'm sorry you go through that. Have you identified the triggers for your migraines?  That is very helpful although they do still come, just not as strong or as often when you know what the triggers are. 

    Hang in there!

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