(calm music) – Hi, y’all, I’m Jaquie
from Chronically Jaquie and this is another video in
my Diagnosis Discussion series. In this video, I’m gonna further discuss my migraine diagnosis
but before we continue, please keep in mind that
everyone is different and I’m gonna share my
personal experiences which may differ from
yours or someone you know. Also, be sure to check out the description for the other videos in my
Diagnosis Discussion series and helpful links. Migraines are one of the most prevalent neurological conditions in the world yet they are also commonly misunderstood. I wanna start off by saying that migraines are so much
more than just a headache because the head pain
alone can be disabling and they’re often accompanied by other neurological symptoms. Migraines also affect
everyone differently. For me personally, I
usually have a stabbing, throbbing, intense pain on
the right side of my head and I can have a variety
of the following symptoms, sensitivity to noise and
light, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, a loss of balance and numbness and tingling
in my extremities. Migraines can also vary in severity. Sometimes when I have a migraine,
I’m able to push through and get on with what
I need to do that day. Other times when I have a migraine, I’m stuck in bed in a dark quiet room and I can’t do anything at
all until it has passed. My migraines typically last a few hours but the head pain can linger for days as it slowly goes away. To manage my migraines, I use cold packs, heating pads, medications and
pain management procedures and you can learn more about
all of these treatments by following the links in the description. Migraines are considered
a clinical diagnosis meaning it’s based on a
doctor’s observations, a patient’s symptoms and ruling out all other possible causes. Even though I had had
migraines since middle school, they didn’t become problematic
enough to warrant a diagnosis until I was around 15 or 16 years old and I was diagnosed by a neurologist. During my diagnosis process, my doctor ordered an MRI of my brain and the imaging showed a
small spot of scar tissue on my right hemisphere. My neurologist deemed this
to be caused by my migraines. That’s how intense migraines can become. They can leave scar tissue
on a person’s brain. Thankfully, my little spot of scar tissue was not causing any complications but once a year, I do get another MRI just to make sure it’s not growing. My migraines are caused by
my Ehlers Danlos syndrome and if you haven’t yet watched that video on my Diagnosis Discussion
series, I highly recommend it but anyways, because of
the instability in my neck from my EDS, what ends up
happening is intense neck pain that radiates and shoots
up into a migraine and my migraines will act up
when my neck pain is flaring. Migraines can definitely be challenging but there are ways to manage
them and keep moving forward. I hope this video on my
migraines was helpful and thank you so much for joining in on my Diagnosis Discussion series. (calm music)

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