(Closed) Complex Migraine when pregnant

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yow. I hope the doc has some good answers for you. My migraines don’t involve auras or other symptoms like that, though I do have a post-migraine “hangover” if it goes full-blown.

I’m off my magic triptans since they’re contraindicated during pregnancy, but have had decent luck with ginger. I dissolve a few teaspoons of ginger in a few oz of water at the first sign of a migraine and choke it down. It doesn’t work as well as Imitrex, but it certainly helps.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Snickers95:  I had this experience prior to becoming pregnant … They told me I had bickerstaff syndrome.  I couldnt remember peoples names,I got on my Facebook and thought I was accudentally logged into someone else’s because I didn’t know any of the people and had numbness in my hand. It really scared me because I didn’t even know who to call.  Once I got home- I went to bed and fell asleep for 20 minutes and woke up totally fine.  It was bizarre. I blew it off and went back to work (it was my lunch hour).  I told my co workers and they thought I may have had a stroke  Bc of the numbness. They drove me to the emergency room (probably unnecessary) and they told me all of the things I said were symptoms of this syndrome.  Basically said it was just a side affect of a terrible migraine.  Can’t help you with pregnancy though, sorry!  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had that happen to me only once, in high school (so, no not pregnant!). It was really scary and I’d never had migraines before. I’ve had migraines since, but never anything like that. Hopefully it was just a one off thing for you. i can’t imagine it would hurt the baby, but it’s good you are getting in to the doctor soon to check it out. 

I did get one very bad migraine, the day I got my BFP, and I ended up taking one extra strength tylenol– I was surprised by how much it helped, considering I usually take something much stronger. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not pregnant but what you are describing is how my migraines present themselves. I get dots in my vision (sometimes black, sometimes swirly aura) and I have symptoms very similar to a stroke where I have trouble communicating or thinking clearly and have numbness in one arm or the other (and when I look at that arm I do not recognize that arm as my own). If caught quickly (right when I see the dots/aura), the migraine will go away without all of these symptoms. If not, sleep is the only thing that will make it go away. My usual way to deal with it is drinking a coke quickly (caffeine helps me) and taking Excedrine Migraine (which I don’t think is safe for pregnancy). My doctor has suggested some medications that are safe to take while pregnant (as we’re TTCing next year) but I cannot remember them now. I would talk to your DR as soon as possible about it as it is very difficult to function when you have a migraine like that (I can’t drive when I have them). Good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I haven’t had migraines as bad as yours, but have been getting them for 17 yrs. OBGYN told me to take magnesium every day as “preventative”. And take another magnesium pill if the headache comes on. I can also take excederine migraine, extra strength Tylenol and slam a soda or 5 hr energy. Hope your dr can find something that works!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Snickers95:  No I haven’t had one like it since.  I have migraines but nothing that bad!  My doctor actually prescribed me with vicodin at the time and said to keep it in my purse for emergencies. I had tried a lot of differnet stuff becuase i get migraines often but nothing weaker than vicodin worked. I still have  40 of my 50 pill prescription left from a couple years ago because I was apprehensive to rely on them for headaches.  When I asked about what to take now when I get a really bad migraine – he said narcotics like vicodin are actually OK during pregnancy if I take tylenol and it doesn’t work.  I have decided to veto it anyway because I think that sounds crazy.  Good luck at your appointment!  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Snickers95:  That does sound like a type of migraine. I don’t have any advice about how to treat it, but it looks like some of the other posters gave you some advice. My sister gets aura migraines a lot and she had some kind of migraine a while back that she went to the hospital for, she all of a sudden got the spins as if she was completely wasted, but like 3 times worse,  and then numbness and confusion. They did all kinds of tests but all that was determined was that it was a migraine episode. I get aura migraines sometimes, but usually without the actual migraine headache afterwards … just a kind of ‘hungover’ feeling for a day or so afterwards. I used to take advil for them and it would halt the whole process, but now that I am pregnant I can’t take advil anymore. So I’ll be paying attention to this thread too! I hate the aura, I get anxiety with it as well and I am afraid to drive until well after it has passed.

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