My mother had a HEMMORHAGIC stroke about 6 years ago and a TIA about 3 years ago. Prior to this she had never experienced a migraine headache. Since having the stroke, she has severe headaches sometimes as often as 3 days a week. She has seen Dr. Savage, a headache specialist in Birmingham, AL. All he can tell her is that migraine headaches are common after stroke due to inflammation and often no triggers or other cause can be determined. She has tried several different neuro drugs. Her blood pressure is controlled and she has an MRI/CAT scan every year, but I am still very concerned. These headaches leave her completely incapacitated and have gradually increased in frequency. Her brother also may have had vascular dementia. My questions: Is this normal? Is there anything she can do to prevent the migraines?
It is so frustrating to hear a headache specialist say that this just happens to some people after stroke and there is nothing that can be done other than trying different medications. These headaches are disabling. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you need any additional info. Thanks!
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