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Migraine, Dizziness, Brain Shakes, Neck Pain - HELP

I am so sorry but this is likely to be a long post - I am absolutely desperate for some advice.  About 8 weeks ago I was at work (at my PC) when all of a sudden I lost my vision (very blurry) for about a minute and felt dizzy.. it was almost like someone had turned off a switch and the power went out. I gained my composure but felt very jittery afterwards and a little nauseous.   2 weeks later I developed a migraine headache and felt sick, dizzy and sometimes would suffer with brain shakes that I could not control.  Headaches are still with me 6 weeks on and eyesight is blurry with occasional vertigo and sometimes I wake up shaking!  To add to the symptoms, the past two weeks I have had neck and shoulder pain and now having problems with ear pain/pressure and swollen glands.    I've been to the doctors several times and they have suggested I have Migraine (8 weeks worth?) or possibly Fibromyalgia!   I've presented to A&E three times as the symptoms can be severe and I have felt out of control.    I do have High Blood Pressure (treated with Ramipril) and an Underactive Thyroid Gland (treated with Levothyroxine).  I've had blood tests (all normal), BP is high and CT Scan came back normal.   The medical profession is treating me like it's all in my head and asking whether I'm anxious, but seriously, 2 months later and I'm at the end of my tether!  I am seeing a Neurologist in a week (paying for Private treatment), however I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience and what the outcome was?  I'm really worried that this is something more serious and I have seriously never suffered for this amount of time in my whole life.  Any advice would be most appreciated.
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Hi and welcome to the Migraines & Headaches Community.

It sounds like typical migraine stuff. The shaking brain feeling is just a migraine aura. Blurry eyesight and so forth is all typical of migraines.
You are on the right track with having an appt with a Neurologist. They can give you some abortive drugs as well as preventative drugs. My doctor told me to come in when I have a headache for more than 7 days so, next time don't wait as long. Keep in mind that treating migraines is a marathon not a sprint. There are no quick and easy answers, it takes time to try this and try that and maybe tweak this or that.
In the meantime here are a few over the counter tips that might get you through until your appointment.

1. There are several symptoms of migraines and what causes the pain of a migraine is the blood vessels in your brain become dilated. So, sometimes it helps it you put a bit of pressure on your head. I am sure you have already been doing this unconsciously with your hands from time to time. So, get a bandanna or a cloth headband and wrap it snugly around your head.
2. If you rub Mentholatum across your forehead and on your temples that helps relax those tense muscles. You can do this with or without the wrap, depending on if you like the heat or not.
3. Try either a cold or hot pack, whichever is more comfy to you.
4. The best OTC meds that I have found that works is Excedrin. It is a combo of Aspirin, Tylenol and Caffeine and that happens to be an excellent combo for migraines.
5. I mentioned caffeine before...well, drink coffee, Mt Dew, take Vivirin...sometimes a mega dose of caffeine will stop it in its tracks.
6. If you get nauseous or dizzy get some Meclizine from the pharmacy (the stuff behind the counter) you can take 25mg three times a day as needed. Yes it works on both.

Keep us posted.
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Hi Mangini1--was loss of vision or the blurriness your first symptom? Did you see an optometrist? I joined this site just today because I've been referred to one for similar symptoms, so I've been trying to find who else has gone through it. I was informed that if the eyes aren't working as a team it can cause migraines, dizziness, and motion sickness. It can get worse as the years go by. I hope you find some relief soon!
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Hello,
What type of eye issues will cause this? I'm having all their same issues and was told it's migraine and Neuropathy. Nothing on my ear yet. Still waiting!  I have constant ringing in my ear, headaches on and off, dizzy 24/7, cracking in ears, Muffled hearing, vision problems. It's really hard to deal with. I wanted to see an eye Dr to rule out anything there.
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