I have very similar symptoms to those described by CarolineAnne below in her question about hemiplegic migraines (and am also hypothyroid), but I don't get the limb numbness. I get a 'dead' feeling on half of my face and I do get the pain and eye problems on one side, and the gut stopping is also true. I find I have to eat lots during an attack (blood sugar/absorption problems? I'm definitely not diabetic). They usually last 3-4 days of what I call 'head/neck deadness' and don't respond to triptans or any OTC analgesic. I was just about to suggest to my GP that I go on to continuous combined pill as it only happens at period/ovulation time, so, logically, cutting out my normal hormone cycle may help this. I've tried progesterone cream for about a year now and, after what seemed like some initial success, my headaches are getting worse. I've had this for around 15 years; particularly bad during pregnancy but absent during breastfeeding - makes me convinced its an hormonal thing. I don't want any more kids and would be very happy to go through the menopause now to stop these headaches, but I reckon I've got another 15 years (I'm 44 by the way, but from family history...!!!) so I need to do something. There seems to be some reluctance to use the combined pill among some people, and I certainly never chose to use it when I was younger, but I don't really care about fertility or cycles now, I just want rid of the pain. I would use it continually as I have endometriosis too and shouldn't have periods. My mirena coil is running out and I need to look at whether to renew it or to try the pill (or maybe both?). Any constructive thoughts appreciated!!