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Migraines - I promised i'd stop this - Help would be lovely!
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:50:19 PM »
Hey guys. - I know... i always post about my eyes/vision..

I've had migraine with aura for about 12/13 years (22 now). They've come and gone but never left.. I can go months without one. And then struggle to go a week at times. I'm in the latter stage right now after having a lovely 2 months free. - do yours come in clusters?

I've had 4 in a month which isn't a lot for some... and for me it's not unusual... but it's quite a few!

The problem i have is STROKE RISK. I google. Yes. Google - I'm that stupid. But the science is there, kinda. And it freaks me out beyond belief.

There's an increased risk in stroke (0.04 to 0.08) and also heart disease/attacks. Well... i know it sounds small. But my grandmother died of a heart attack. As did my father back in 2004.  - So i'm sat here thinking it's a sure fire thing that one of the above will happen to me - if not via genetics, then my migraine will help too. My grandmother and father both smoked rather heavily which may have caused theirs... who knows.

Personally, i have never smoked a cigarette. Never touched a drug. Never been near overweight and very rarely drink. - So you'd think i'd get over it... but i can't! I can't get passed my faulty genetics and my brain bashing migraine auras!! - At times i feel fine about it... others i feel like a ticking time bomb.

I know this may sound silly... i just wish i could stop them from increasing my risk of stroke etc any higher than it needs to be!

I'll be going to get my heart checked as i get in to my 30s i think - Sure it'll be scary but my dad died in his mid 50s... so it's probably best to make sure if it's genetic or not. I can see it now.. the fear when i get told it is... or even just waiting to be told. - Anyway, i'll cross that bridge when i come to it.

Please help me on a few things guys

Stroke Risk - Should i worry? I hear "the second biggest contributor" and freak out... is it that bad?
Heart and migraines - There seems to be a link. And, like with strokes, seems to affect women more (i'm male) but still.... the link scares me. It almost secures my belief i have dodgy DNA.

:(!

Thanks guys :(
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Re: Migraines - I promised i'd stop this - Help would be lovely!
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 04:52:09 PM »
By the way... i've been virtually worry free for about 3-4+ months too. Which has been great. And i'm controlling this much better too! Im finding myself saying "why bother worrying about something you can't change" - that's so not me... but maybe it's starting to be :)

I hope you're all doing well.. i don't want to come across as if it's all about me haha - You as a community have helped me through so much. I can't thank you all enough.
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Re: Migraines - I promised i'd stop this - Help would be lovely!
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 05:47:37 PM »
Unfortunately, yes, migraines with aura are a stroke risk. I have them as well. Regardless, this isn't anything to worry about since they aren't a definitive precursor to a stroke. They are just a risk amongst many other risks we face daily. Constant stress and anxiety are also a risk for stroke and heart attacks.

I have controlled my migraine with aura very well by a diet change. Maybe that's something you may want to look into if you want to have less of them and lower any cardiovascular risks at the same time.
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Re: Migraines - I promised i'd stop this - Help would be lovely!
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 06:57:03 PM »
I know.. it's one of those things where i'm like "it could happen to anyone"

It's just i always go back to my family history and how... well, when i'm worrying, it doesn't look good.

I guess i'm lucky that i don't over eat, smoke, drink etc. So my risk shouldn't be too high (please God) but it's just knowing i am genetically more likely for this to happen to me.

:/

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