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

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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?

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

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    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


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