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I'm a 31 yo female and never really suffered from headaches before this year. I did have occasional (what I called) tension headaches, mild pains behind one eye that would last a few hours and that's about it.
Last year in Novermber (8 months ago) I gave birth to my first child, by C-section. 2-3 days after the spinal anesthesia, I developped positional headaches that were incredibly intense. I was told they were related to the anesthesia. I couldn't sit or stand up, the pain was the worst thing imaginable, I would actually cry on the toilet when I needed to go. On a scale of 1 to 10 it was an 11. When I lied down it got better, a 2-3/10. The pains went away after 6-7 days and I got back to normal. However, during these 7 days I experience a scintillating scotoma almost identical to the auras that precede migraines. A dot of blurry shining lights that gradually grew larger and became a sparkling fortification spectrum in a C-shape which grew even larger until it left the vision field towards the left side.
Then I had no problems whatsoever for the next 6 months or so and 1.5 months ago, I started having the aura again, it happened 6 times now. I've been very overworked and overtired when they started, with the baby starting solids and not sleeping well. A trying time... It's been so far 5 times on the left side of the vision and once on the right side. The transition of the scintillating scotoma from a dot to a large C leaving my field of vision lasts about 30 minutes and it's every time the same. No other symptoms, although I had mild nausea a couple of times during the aura.
The headaches that follow are mild. Like a stronger pressure in the back of the head, on the opposite side of the scotoma. So it has been mostly on the right side. A couple of hours after the aura I can always feel a sharper pain on the right, inside my head, towards the back of the head, usually when I move, bend over, cough, strain etc. It's every time on the same side in the same spot. This pain disappears every time after a day or so.
But for the last 2 weeks or so, I've been left with a slightly painful pressure in my head that's pretty constant. It sometimes goes away especially when I'm relaxed, but it comes back when I'm more tense. It feels a lot like a tension type headache. There is no particular pain when moving, coughing, bending over etc. like I have after the migraine. But I do feel more pressure in the back of my head on the right - not sure if it's psychological or it's really something there!
My brother started having the same aura (he described it to me in detail and it's the exact same thing I have) when he was 35, which was 5 years ago. His headaches are mild to moderate but they're behind his eye not at the back of the head like mine. He also doesn't have the head pressure every day like I started to...and his migraines alternate sides, not like mine which are predominantly on the right side of the head (left vision field).
I'm scheduled for an MRI next Wednesday, so I will find out more soon... but I wanted to hear your opinion... since I'm so very scared that I have a tumor in there, something really bad... and I very much want to see my baby grow up and be there for him. I'm super worried and I just had another aura this evening. Do my symptoms seem like migraines or maybe something worse?
I've read that I'm a bit too old to start having migraines (31) and that the pain should be more intense and not always on the same side and on the front of my head not at the back of my head. Is that true?
Thank you so much if you read all this!
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