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Migraine condition
vdez127 posted:
My mother has chronic migraines that sometimes last for months. The pain originates from the back of her cranium and moves to her jaw and face. She often goes to sleep fine and wakes up with a migraine. This has been getting progressively worse for the last 20 years. She has seen every type of doctor imaginable and nobody has found anything. I know my mom isn't crazy and definitely isn't a liar, but nobody has ever had any idea what is wrong with her. I was wondering if anybody might know of something uncommon that could cause this.

At this point, I'm open to any ideas.
smith_brad responded:
It could be a c-spine issue, or some type of impinged nerve. My migraines take on a radically different form, but with the uniformity of the attacks' location and duration, that gives the really good chronic pain docs some good info to work with.

What sort of work-ups has she had? (MRIs, lumbar punctures, etc.) There are some high-powered pain clinics in the country, and a lot of the times the local resources (doctors who don't see more exotic cases) just are not equipped to treat some of the trickier patients among us.

The hardest thing is getting the skeptical look from a doctor just because you have a problem they simply haven't dealt with. Near-Persistent Daily Headache and Chronic Migraine in general is hard to treat for a lot of doctors. I'm sure she's been asked a million times if there was any head or neck trauma or if she's tried nerve blocks, etc.

There's a whole smorgasbord of things the doctors will slowly check off the list if you find a good one.

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