Is this migraines or a very strange headache

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Please can someone help me determine what kind of headache I might have if their symptoms match.

This has been going on a long time however up until I was 24 I only had the normal occasional headache, I’m 34 tomorrow.

Today I’m in pain and the day went like this: woke up fine, Metallic taste in mouth started, yawning a lot,  feeling a bit nauseas, head pressure crept in like fluid in my head, ears felt full, pain and tightness under the ear/ jaw section, eyes feel pressurised, mild head pain which creeps into neck, upper and lower molar teeth hurt, clear nasal drainage, then it got worse and head felt like it was going to explode, neck and shoulders got very tight/sore radiating into biceps. Eyes stinging feel blurry as if they were dry. Nausea went up a level but I want to chew food. Throat tightness particularly where glands are. Nasal stuffiness, Hitting my head relieves some pressure temporarily so does cold in my mouth. General feeling of needing to fidget.

Then sometimes  I get this other kind of headache which basically causes a piercing feeling/numbness/swollen/tickly sensation in my left eye, left side of face all the way into my left arm and shoulder, it feels numb but it isn’t truly numb as the sensation is horrible.

Anyone relate to this and does this sound like migraine or strange headache. I get no zig zag lines, I can tolerate noise although I get a general feeling of agitation. I’m wondering if metallic taste is an aura as it often preceded the onset of further symptoms.

I would really appreciate any feedback as I’m considering going to a migraine clinic.

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    Hello Charlotte,

    I had the same symptoms a week ago and my mouth dropped to the right side with numbness of my right side of my face, arm, and leg..

    The smell of food was horrible with constant vomitting and nauseated..

    Got so dizzy and my balance was horrible..

    I got to the hospital in and ambulance after my husband thought I was getting a stroke cause the symthoms are similar , except the pain on my heart.

    They told me I got Hemiplegic Migraines with Aura, and I need to see a neurologist to get me the right medications.

    It sounds like u got this too hun, I'm 48 years old and it's a horrible feeling and experience..

    Hope u get to the doctor so cause they can vary and get worse..

    Hope you feel better soon hun🐇🐰

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    Hi Charlotte,It does sound like a type of migraine but the fact are getting numbness suggests you need tests to determine whats going on.  You can get a migraine thats called Hemiplegic Migraine, where one side of your body can go numb  and this could be what you are getting.  I know this as I get it and I end up being hospitalised.  But any kind of symptoms that you are getting need proper investigation with MRI scan, blood tests etc and I wouldnt delay in seeking help from your dr first of all then he can refer you to a neurologist.

    Good luck Charlotte and let us know how you get on.  I hope have been some help.

    Take care and best wishes

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    Thank you for replying, I have read loads of times about hemepligic migraines but I don’t actually go numb or paralysed, I can’t still move the muscles it’s just harder work. it feels numb but I suppose it’s more like after the dentist and you feel swollen but your not and also like when your leg goes to sleep and starts waking up, like a numb but tingly nerve feeling, can’t say it’s painful in my arm and shoulder (it is in my eye)  but it’s like when someone tickles you and you get to the point where it’s so uncomfortable you want to cry.  Agghhh I know this sound like a bunch of contradictions but I hope it makes some kind of sense.

    Today was the different type of headache, does metallic taste precede a migraine, my teeth gums are all fine and I don’t have a sinus infection so I can’t see any other reason for the taste.

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    Hi Charlotte

    I get a metallic taste when I have migraines, and sometimes the migraines change shape eg normally I get the pain on the left side but recently it moved to the right side. I get toothache from them, it’s like too much pressure builds up and I feel like my head and sinuses are going to burst. I take propranolol on a daily basis and I do find steam baths see the pressure. I hope you can speak to your doctor and a migraine clinician. 

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      Thanks Nicola that helps, yes I get toothache too. When it’s like the headache I got yesterday it’s all my molar teeth boring ache, when I have the piercing behind the eye headache I have the same nerve tingly piercing sweet type pain in 1 tooth and I want to rip it out. I asked my dentist to remove it once but he refused to take out a healthy tooth and I ended up going elsewhere and getting probably an unnecessary root canal as I thought the tooth might be the cause.

      What migraines have you been diagnosed with? Is propronal a Triptan and does it help? Have you tried Amitriptyline/elavil. I reckon that will be the first treatment they offer me in my area. I was given topomax once but 1 week in a was depressed so stopped it. 

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      Hi Charlotte

      I get vascular migraines, Propanolol is a type of blood thinner. I don’t have high blood pressure but it is also prescribed for migraines to lessen the feelings of pressure and rushing noise I get. It works in s preventive way. I take it twice a day and definitely it has lessened the severity and frequency. I also take Rizatriptan on the onset of a migraine attack. 

      All around my left eye hurts like a bruise and sometimes people can see it, it’s like a nerve becomes inflamed in my temple. I also get slurred speech, my hands and tongue swell up. I become clumsy and I can’t read words properly. With me it lasts 72 hours and I get about 2 a month. 

      What I find strange is that for years they were the same but now the pain is behaving in a different way. I went to my dentist about the toothache and he said my teeth were fine, it was the migraine. I found that antihistamine strangely helped and so do things like Sudafed and sinutab for the toothache. 

      How long have you been feeling like this? 

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      Hi Nicola,

      Thanks for that info, I actually have low blood pressure quite often to the point where I’m dizzy or my heart will go funny, that’s separate to the headaches but I feel pressure in my head when it happens.

      My left eye on the piercings headaches feels swollen and bruised like you say but there is nothing to see and although I feel like the left hand side of my tongue and face is being pulled a bit there is also nothing to look at in the mirror.

      I can still read etc but I definitely have trouble finding some words I am trying to say and can’t concentrate on things properly, luckily I work with my partner for ourselves so on those days I tell him to double check my work as I can’t remember if I did it right. It’s like my brain works really slowly on a bad day. Those moments everyone has where you go to a room but forgot why you went there or put rubbish in the fridge and the milk in the bin is very much amplified at those times.

      This has been going on for nearly 10 years but I didn’t suspect migraines until about 4 years ago when I googled incessant yawning and learnt about the other symptoms, I always thought as I think most do that a migraine is just severe head pain, never knew about the neurological symptoms.

      I did mention to a neurologist I saw years ago about migraines and he thought possibly but because I didn’t have them as a kid or my mum doesn’t have them he wasn’t sure, he put me on topimax but I didn’t like how they affected my mood. Not much more was said about it and I just learnt to live with it but now I have more info perhaps I should go see a headache specialist who is more versed on the different types of migraines.

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    I believe I get two different but similar headaches.  I know I get migraines but I think I also have/get occipital neuralgia.  I came down with a headache Wednesday night around 6 which I thought was a migraine.  However, the pain lasted longer than normal (more than 24 hours) and it was behind and above my left eye and also behind my left side of the head and top of the head.  It felt as if someone was trying to push a pencil through my eye to the back of my skull.  It is finally letting up but am still getting 'jabs' of pain occasionally.  My teeth on that side of my head ached as well.  I didn't have the intense throbbing with this headache like I usually get with my migraines.  It was much more a piercing pain.  I also notice that I get incredibly depressed with my headaches.  I know they are painful but I think it's more than that.  Even when the pain lifts, I still feel quite blue and it's hard to shake off.  

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      Hello kim87727,

      Have you had an MRI to see if there is a mass( usually benign) behind your eye? I think you have a multi-system issue going on. Have you ruled out epilepsy yet? Post seizure can simulate depression or feeling blue. There are may types of seizures and many more to be discovered. Please let me know about the rule outs and how the distilled water is working for you.

      thanks,

      rob88131

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    Hello charlotte1824,

    Metallic taste in your mouth sometimes means some form of epilepsy, especially before the event starts. Sometimes it means heavy metal exposure such as lead,mercury,aluminum or any metal found in your water or in your life.Rule out epilepsy, and then check your blood for metal exposure.In the mean time drink just( if you can) distilled water and not filtered water. LMK about the rule out, and we'll go from there.

    Thanks,

    rob88131

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