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HEAD IS BURNING ON ONE SIDE IS THIS MIGRAINE?

In 2009 I suffered a minor head injury to my forehead whist on holiday, I came home and thought I was ok. Several months later I started having problems with my vision and saw zig zag shapes after sitting in the sun one day, followed by an almighty headache. I went on holiday and the heat affected my head giving me headaches and vision problems from waking I saw black flicks. One time I totally lost all vision on my right side whilst driving. The attacks have been less sporadic this year and I have only had one attack, preceded by a unbalancing sensation and followed by a headache and slight nausea. I have tried Amitriptyline and a triptan and anti epileptic medication, initially the amitriptyline stopped the cycle of headaches but then it affected my heart rate, so I stopped talking them. I have also had migraleve with good results in the past. I am currently off sick from work after an attack yesterday, which I took Ibrofuen with little effect. I have had a CT head scan and there is apparently no damage to my brain, but I never had headaches before the injury, I am also menopausal. Can anyone suggest a medication I have not yet tried to relive the headache.

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Can't suggest anything specific for the headache (I have botox injections, and when they don't work a bit of ibuprofen with lyseine added - you can buy from pharmacists - and migraleve together help).

But to answer your question about the burning on one side of the head - I get all sorts of painful sensations with migraine, and at other times, and burning is one of them. It's a type of nerve pain. Also only get migraine headache on one side, usually only ever the left but occasionally the right.

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Hi Teadrinker thanks for that yes I only get the headache on the left side I wonder if that is common with migraine. I still think there has been some damage from the head injury, as I never had headaches before this.

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Hi, I think migraine can be any side. Mine are always on my right, then it switches sides and I get a light secondary headache on the left after 24-48 hours. I would get back to the doctors and ask for further checks or try other medication. Good luck.

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There are so many options to try that you really need to be seen by a specialist. We can offer you an appointment at National Migraine Centre - read more about us on our website: migraineclinic.org.uk/ and you can request an appointment from the homepage. Every migraine sufferer is different so needs a personalised approach to identifying their triggers and effectively treating their symptoms.

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