Originally Posted by Pookie-poo
I know you've mentioned having migraines before, could it just have been a non-typical migraine? Hope you're feeling better soon...
I had them for a little over 11 years - from age 10 till 21 or 22 (sometime in the spring, I can't remember if it was after or before my birthday that year). Since then I only get a couple a year sometimes around my period (wrong time for that right now) - but have had them triggered by medication before. This one was exactly like the one metronidazole triggered. No warning, it was just there and intense, but encompassed the whole of my head. Lasted the standard 8 hours with a moderate headache today.
My "normal" migraines are your classic migraines with aura, derealization like episodes, typical sensitivities, and vomiting, along with the day after headache.
I'm feeling mostly better. I still have a moderate headache that's been here all day. Nothing helps it as nothing typically does help my headaches.
Either it'll be gone by tomorrow or finally let up on Monday.
I never noticed it affecting my heart rate. But I tend not to notice that any more unless it gets high and stays that way. I did notice that I was more unfocused driving home after that, I just blamed it on pain plus the rain and was glad I could take the back way home and not encounter another person (I live at the north edge of town with the hospital and medical section to the west).
My mother, who has a lot of neck issues and lives in Michigan, has had a lot of bad headaches lately, too. So it could be the weather/pressure up there contributing. I'm not sure what I could hope for you there.
It won't be too much longer before the winter storms start up.
ETA: I was thinking before falling asleep last night, I have a theory as to what could have happened. Since getting my gallbladder out and no longer having a constant low level of liver damage going on my blood pressure has slightly improved - I can now get to 100/60s sitting without medication. In the past I've been sensitive to medications that can mess with blood pressure (through epinephrine and norpinephrine), sometimes getting wide swings both high and low that made no sense when being read. I bet the cortisone did this and triggered a migraine.