migraine with aura related to head/neck position...Do I have to have surgery to stop this??!!

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I get a migraine with aura when I move my head/neck in certain positions, as in looking down or up.  I'm at my wits end with this! I don't want to have neck fusion but nothing is stopping this problem!

Laurie

 

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    Hi Laura,

    Firstly have you had an MRI scan of your head and neck?  This would be a great help.

    Also have you tried acupuncture and Botox?  I didnt get on with acupuncture, but for me Botox is working really well.

    Let me know if you had the scans

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      Hi personal20. I have had MRI's. Lots of degeneration, spinal stenosis...I tried acupuncture for neck pain, a long time ago, but I think it was before I started having auras from my neck position. I get botox on my forehead areas and it helps with the pain somewhat, but doesn't stop the aura and pain when I look down.  I had botox in other areas of my head a long time ago, before auras. Maybe I should try that again. I thought one time after those shots I had a strange reaction though...strange anxiety feeling for several days!

      Laurie

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    Hello Laurier

    It sounds like you might have s back problem possibly I say that because I suffer the same things!

    I have lower back scoliosis and athritis and bulging disc in my lower spine a lot going on!!

    And I get a lot of ne k ache that causes me to have migraines that I have had all my life!

    I also feel like screaming some days too!

    My dictor told me to try a drug out duloxotine. She told me it can cause sedation in some people!

    I'm terrified to take it!

    I don't know if anyone else has heard about this drug.

    But I usually get prescribe medicated pads for my back put in for 12 hours in the night and take off when I get up.

    But I think before I say you have the same problems as me go and get yourself thoroughly checked out okay..

    All the best liz😀👍

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      hi Elizabeth,

      I have had duloxotine and its ok really.  I couldnt take it for long as I have a sensitive stomach, but it didnt make me sleepy.

      Do you use a TENS machine?

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      Wow, Elizabeth! My scoliosis bothers me as much as the migraines but I never connected the two! I will look into the connection and the drug! I see a trainer and massage therapist for the scoliosis and had physical therapy in the past. Do you so anything for yours?

      Laurie

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    Hi Laurie

    I am the same as I suffer from migraines AND cervical spondylosis in C4,C5 & C6. You'll need an MRI to confirm this condition but it sounds like you may have it.  Have a word with your GP about getting referred for one, you may not need fusion, I have suffered about 15 years and at the moment rely on pain killers.  

    As for migraines I have given up, as no-one wants to help me and nothing works.

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    Hi Laurie, l too suffer migraines and have scoliosis. I am seeing a chiropractor regularly and he is teaching me exercises as well as doing traction. Since I've been going my migraines haven't been as bad - certain positions like you describe could set it off. It seems to ease the constant pain and neck pressure. I'm feeling like both things are linked and getting treated.

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    Laurie, this is NOT medical advise and I am not a doctor but this comes from personal experience. I have similar issues with my neck triggering migrains have had the problem for 50+ years ! Have you tried Magnesium Chelate ? comes in tablet form, you can also buy Bio Ceuticals Muscleze cream which you rub on your neck it also contains magnesium. I have found a huge improvement in both neck movement and frequency of migrains.
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      Yes, auras, flashing lights, blurred vision so bad its like I have been staring into the sun, vomiting, cant stand light or noise, have spend days in bed not able to move, but this magnesium is really helping. I only got on to Magnesium because I had been on Statins which did awful things and magnesium was recomended for neck cramps and pain, but I have found it has really helped the migrains and have been told that it is now often recomended as a treatment for migrain.
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      Another thing to look into is CoQ10 it increases circulation and another thing I have now started.
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      Thanks Laurie will look at those as well, but we have a storm building here and normally that is a sure fire trigger for a migraine but nothing so far and this has only been the case since I started magnesium. Interesting
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