Had what I think was my first migraine... Anxious about brain bleeds.

Posted , 3 users are following.

Just had what I think is my first migraine headache about a week ago. I have had ocular migraines a number of times before, but this was the first time I had headache pains. There was a pressure on my temples and a pressure behind my left eye. This lasted for only about 10-15 minutes before easing off. Needless to say, this scared the crap out of me and I did the unthinkable... I Googled... And of course, I found out that high blood pressure can lead to bleeding in the brain. The thing is, I also found out that migraines can also cause similar symptoms. Could this just be a migraine?

For one, migraines are characterized by pressure/pain behind an eye, which is what I had. However, from what I understand, they aren't usually so sudden and last much longer than just minutes. The good news is that it wasn't that painful as I've heard that bleeding in the brain is extremely painful. In addition, I've had migraine auras a couple of times before without the headaches. However, I also read about sentinel bleeds... where a small bleed in the brain can signal a bigger bleed to come. Another piece of good news is that there were no neurological side effects that I could notice. No droopy eyelids, no weakness, numbness, paralysis or abnormalities with my vision or pupillary response. 

The thing is, 10 days later, I’m getting scared that it was something more serious than a migraine as I’m still feeling light sensitive, tired, moody and a little sore here and there in my neck and head. Could this be the migraine hangover? The anxiety I've been experiencing? Or could it still be bleeding? Urgh... I'm terrified. The thing is, I will only be able to go down to my GP in a couple of days to get this checked out. Should I request for a CT scan or MRI? Has anyone experienced post-migraine symptoms that lasted this long?

0 likes, 7 replies

Report

7 Replies

  • Posted

    To add more information, I'm 28 but suffer from hypertension that's being kept in check by 10mg of enalapril daily.

    Report Reply
  • Posted

    Hi dracom,

    No 2 people are the same where migraines are concerned, some of us get symptoms that lead up to the attack, some of us don't, some get post symptoms, some of us don't.  It really is a lottery, but I wouldn't go worrying yourself too much by thinking the worse.

    Don't get me wrong, migraines are awful and debilitating and they make you feel c**p, but they do go eventually and they're not going to kill you, even though it feels like it sometimes.

    Go and see you GP and tell them everything and if they deem it necessary you may be lucky enough to be referred to a specialist.

    In the meantime leave the internet alone as it's only going to make you feel worse!!

    Good luck

    YL

    Report Reply
    • Posted

      Thank you very much for the reassurance. The only thing I'm worried about now is if I should have tried to go seek medical advice sooner... I hate the feeling of having been too late to do something when I had ample time to. sad

      Report Reply
    • Posted

      I don't think think you've left it too long, I'm sure if it was something more serious your symptoms would have changed day by day and be worse than they are.  Just make an appt' asap to ease your mind

      YL

      Report Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up