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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-01-07 12:18 PM
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25. Lots of research shows
that migraines are frequently misdiagnosed as sinus headaches or tension headaches. There is a lot of overlap in symptoms. Dilated blood vesses of a migraine headache can affect nerves that trigger pain in sinuses, or teeth. Migraine pain can itself trigger muscle pain. They used to think that migraines only occurred on half of the head. Not so. I had headaches that lasted more than a week at a time beginning at age 12. The first one was so bad I thought I was going to die. Especially when aspirin had no effect at all. When that became clear I figured there was no point in upsetting my parents by telling them. And after that first headache I knew that I could survive such a headache so I never saw a doctor. I would have if the pain had occurred only on ONE side of my head, as I knew that described migraines, and for which I knew there was some treatment. I also thought that you didn't see a doctor for a headache. Only after about 25 years did I finally tell a doctor and get a referral to a neurologist and it took about 5 minutes for him to make a diagnosis. Maybe more people are getting a diagnosis these days.
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