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Post  Olee on Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:31 pm

Okay this may seem very strange to some, but I have always experienced some very intense dreams from time to time. They can be traumatic or joyful, fast moving or peaceful, either way they are very deep and memorable. We're talking Alice in Wonderland here. My problem is that since my migraines began 20 years ago, the dreams are usually followed by a major migraine that last all day. I awake and have a few excedrin and a cup of coffee ( my magic potion) and it tones down for a few hours until the afternoon. I only have the dreams on an average of about once a week. I'm someone who wakes up to a migraine about 3 days a week, and at least one of those days I've had some deep dreams during the night. I have no clue if they are related but I have awakened as I was driving off a cliff and experienced some serious splitting pain. I've also awakened after sitting in a field feeling the breeze on my face and felt like my head was going to explode. Understand that I wake with pain a lot of times without the dreams, and yes it's intense, but the dream pain is so different. Am I alone on this one?

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Post  rileyoday on Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:06 pm

i have dreams that i call 3 ring circus on acid, almost every morning but have never thought they were on the day of a max M. But i have 4-5 week so i may not have noticed. i also nap 3 x day 20-40-min and they are 3 ring circus also, barely asleep.

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  SEB on Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:25 am

The correlation I seem to notice is that when I dream I do wake up with a migraine usually. I also wake up with them about 3 times a week. But I wonder if the fact that I am dreaming is why I wake up with a migraine as I don't think I sleep as well when I dream. Just a thought...not sure what exactly the cause and effect is...migraine as a result of lack of sleep or does the dream begin because of the migraine...interesting topic.

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Post  rileyoday on Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:49 pm

I forgot to say I never had dreams anything like this before i was having M. so 6 years of intense dreams . I have been on preventive meds that gave intense nightmares. only stayed on those breifly. I have been on script sleep aids to try and sleep deeper but no diff there. so i dont use either. I take clonidine .1mg tablet 3 x day have not had M in 47 days since started on this. I feel REAL good. I walk past my zomig imitrex , not today boys.

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  alli on Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:04 pm

Interesting.. I had the wierdest series of dreams Saturday night.. really quite the Alice in Wonderland type stuff as you noted and I woke up Sunday morning with a migraine. I don't usually remember my dreams, but this was one of the more bizarre dreams I've had. I'll have to take note of when I remember my dreams, how strange they are, and if they presage a migraine.

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  Guest on Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:56 am

i haven't found a correlation of having bad migraines and dreams, but i do dream a lot. and a lot of time they are very vivid and not that pleasant.

too much history channel late at night.

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  BaadDawg on Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:50 am

Don't know if you take beta blockers to prevent migraines. Some of them can cause vivid dreams in some people. One of them did for me.

I used to get headaches and M's in the middle of the night of when I woke up in the morning. I eliminated caffeine mid September and I still get terrible headaches and M's but not in the middle of the night or when I wake up. Those must have been caffeine withdrawal m/headaches I am pretty sure. I was really into making great espresso/cappuccino. I have great equipment. I can line it up next to the amazing wine cellar I collected over the years that I don't touch anymore.

The caffeine elimination was not because of my headaches it was to reduce heart palpitations/arrhythmias.

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Post  02R96 on Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:02 am

Oh yeah, medications (especially combinations) can bring on very vivid dreams. If you ever read the fine print on side effects some meds actually mention the possibility of "troubling thoughts or dreams".

I've had some very weird, disconnected dreams during a bad episodes when I'm "fully loaded". It's like someone changing channels on a TV. Different scenes with no connection to the last will just materialize, play out, then change to something else. Nothing traumatizing, just weird and really somewhat fascinating, especially when it involves a mix of people I know. santa

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  alli on Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:42 pm

It happened again. I had the wierdest dream last night and woke up with a horrible migraine and nerve spasms at the same time. It was not a happy coupleof hours till the meds kicked in.

I hope this series of migraines stops long enough for me to enjoy Christmas.

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  Olee on Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:19 pm

Sorry Alli, hope things start to ease down by Christmas. I really appreciate the input. I had another dream also last night and woke up immediately with immense pain. I was dreaming of absolute chaos, running in the midst of burning buildings and people screaming, then I was sitting in my house trying to prepare for some type of apocalypse. I immediately awoke with the feeling that my head was going to explode, grabbed the excedrine and some caffeine drink (coffee). It's the only intense dream I have had this week, and overall it's not been a bad week with migraines, only two I can count, and they were all during the day. I guess the verdict is still out on the dream induced pain. Again, thanks so much for the input.

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Post  crt on Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:45 pm

I was on inderal as a preventative for a short time. I couldn't handle the side effects. One of them was horrible dreams. I'm talking war zone bloody, violent dreams. I suppose I might have tried to put up with the dreams, but inderal didn't decrease the migraine frequency and I had so many side effects in addition to the dreams.

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Post  Bonnie Louise on Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:23 pm

I had frequent nightmares when I took Beta Blockers, Topamax, and several different antidepressants. Sometimes I had very vividly colored dreams - really surreal!

Perhaps your frequent migraines are caused by Excedrin overuse. My headache specialist forbid Excedrin - he said it causes daily headaches. I stopped taking Excedrin two years ago, and I still have daily headaches. Go figure!

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  xmom on Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:12 am

I haven't noticed a correlation between vidid dreams and migraine, but I will often have dreams ABOUT migraine when I'm in the middle of one. For example, yesterday I took a nap (no migraine), but had a dream that I woke up from the nap with a migraine and went to take my meds. Well whatd'ya know, I woke up in excrutiating pain and had to immediately go get medicine. Those dreams seem to happen a lot with me. And migraines that start while sleeping seem to be especially horrible.

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Re: Migraines & Dreams

Post  Kate on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:55 am

When I go to sleep with a really bad migraine, I usually have really weird and scary dreams.

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Migraines in a dream

Post  Brutus3000 on Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:38 am

A couple of years ago I had dream about me standing outside in the sun and I had a migraine with the pain and the dizziness and pressure then I woke up with my head hurting

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