This is the first time that I have written on a migraine site, although I have been suffering from these headaches for much of my life (I am now 53). I was wondering whether anyone else has noticed a link between picking up viruses and getting a migraine? I have two school aged children who are always sick from bugs at school and I am aware that every time they come down with a bug, I come down with a migraine. The latest attack was this weekend where I first had a sore throat caught from one of them last week which then turned into a full blown migraine by Friday and Saturday (on Saturday night, it had reduced me to tears as I can't take anything for these headaches and vomiting now and I feel so alone with the pain). I feel as though I've tried everything to help myself with headache prevention over the years e.g. diet (I followed the Heal your Headache diet for years), triptans (that now make it much worse), anti- nausea medication (that also can make the vomiting worse, paradoxically), preventative medication such as nortriptaline (don't know the spelling!), propanolol, Bowen therapy, homeopathy, and now extensive acupuncture (which I love, but it does not help prevent the headaches). My GP has no more ideas. The most she can come up with is referring me to the London Migraine Clinic. I am not keen on this option as another school mother went there and found that they did not help her (it was a long way to go for little help). I currently find some comfort in Breathworks (Mindfulness for pain) but of course, it doesn't prevent the headaches from occurring in the first place. From reading other posts, I am not in as bad a situation as many, because I can go a few weeks without a headache. But when they come, I am besieged by pain and vomiting (and am thin to start with due to hyperthyroidism and so do not want to lose more weight). I have suffered from these episodes now for so long, that my spirits are low and my ability to pick myself up after an attack is diminishing. I will be seeing my GP again this week and wondered whether anyone out there could please advise something else that I might be able to discuss with her. So, in sum, I am asking whether anyone has noticed the link between headache and virus; what you do about it; and what you do, overall, to help with acute migraine. Sorry for going on at such length! I am very thankful for your support- it helps just knowing that others are out there too who are going through similar experiences.