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family history of stroke, parkinsons, cancer, is it migraine

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I have been recently diagnosed with having migraines based on daily headaches for the last month(specifically behind my righ eye and left occipital area)and one visual "aura". I'm currently taking a RX similar to Fiorcet and am finding it doesn't help. The headaches are short(sometimes multiple in a day for approximately 30 minutes at a time) and I am not sensitive to light. I fear I have been misdiagnosed and because I have a family history of stroke, parkinsons, and malignant brain tumors I'm especially worried.


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replied June 4th, 2012
Headache and Migraines Answer A35682
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Since you have a headache almost daily, what you have is in all probability not a simple migraine but a chronic daily headache (CDH). This can be the primary type—without any cause. One simple reason for daily headaches with nausea is compression of cervical spinal nerves. Another reason is TMJ, especially if the headache starts with chewing. The third reason could be severe acidity with or without GERD. The CDH could also be secondary to trauma, raised intracranial hypertension, high blood pressure, temporal arteritis etc. Hence all these need to be ruled out.

If the headache lasts for less than 4 hours then it could be a chronic cluster headache or a chronic paroxysmal hemicranias. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your doctor once. You may need some tests for confirmed diagnosis which may include blood tests, MRI etc. Hope this helps. Take care!


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