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I got a migraine last Thursday (blurry vision, intense headache, all of my left side of my body had pins & needles & was numb) however I still have my headache today (a week on) and the numbness in my left side keeps coming back ever so often. I am taking Sandomigraine which usually helps but didn't on this occassion. Is it normal for the headache to last this long? I have suffered from migraines for the past 5 years but have never had one to this extreme & for the headache to last so long. I don't really want to go to the doctors because all they say is take some pain killers & you'll be OK but I don't think they understand the feeling & the severity of the headaches or the nauseous feelings I keep getting. Can someone recommend something or maybe advise what has caused it to stay for so long?

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replied July 4th, 2011
Headache and Migraines Answer A24664

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Yes migraine headaches can last for a week. Presently what you need is a treatment like sumatriptan and naproxen to take care of the headaches.

In the long term you need a regular prophylaxis like divalproex sodium/ sibelium to prevent further attacks of migraine. For these you need a medical prescription and your should take it under medical supervision.

Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day and exercise regularly (daily if possible). Limit stress through regular exercise and relaxation techniques, Also avoid bright or flashing lights and wearing sunglasses if sunlight is a trigger, Identify and avoid foods that trigger headaches by keeping a headache and food diary and Limit caffeine consumption to less than two caffeine-containing beverages a day.

Applying cold packs to the head or pressing on the bulging artery in front of the ear on the painful side of the head may provide temporary pain relief.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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