Headaches & MS


I have been battling horrible headaches with very little relief for days now, which is why I have not been posting anything. I know many people at some point in their lives have experienced a headache of some type with different severity levels. Nothing had been helping my headaches so I decided to look up the correlation between MS and headaches. I found a great article written by PhD Stachowiach, Julie “Headaches as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis”, written June 19, 2017. Those individuals that live with MS seem to be prone to the three types of headaches: migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches. The following is the website where I found this article, https://www.verywell.com/headaches-as-a-symptom-of-multiple-sclerosis-2440798.

Three Known Types of Headaches:

  1. Migraines:
  • These can last anywhere from 4-72 hours
  • Can come along with blurry or distorted vision, followed by fatigue and anxiety
  • May feel a throbbing on one or both sides of the head
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetiteheadaches 1
  1. Cluster Headaches:
  • Able to last 15 minutes to 3 hours long
  • Severe burning sensation on one side of the nose or deep in one eye
  • Occurs only on one side of the face
  • Tends to occur at same time every day, normally for a period of several weeks.
  1. Tension Headaches:
  • Most common in the general population of individuals
  • Comes on gradually and may last 30 minutes to all day or even up to a solid week
  • Feels like a constant band-like aching or squeezing sensation either right over the eyebrows or encircling the head
  • Able to occur at any time of day but typically the latter part of the day

There is an association between brain-stem lesions and an increased number of migraines and tension headaches. However, there is no link between the location or number of lesions and headaches of any type. There have been reports that headaches or migraines could be a symptom of an acute MS relapse, which I really hope is not what I am dealing with. Hopefully the week-long headache will soon end and I can enjoy the weekend before Christmas. Considering absolutely nothing has helped this headache, do y’all experience headaches and if so what do you do to treat them?

I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to your weekend! Remember, stay positive and do not stress over anything with preparing for Christmas, everything will work out as perfect as it can. The ability to be with loved ones is all that really matters this time of year! Take care and much love y’all!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

29 thoughts on “Headaches & MS

  1. Hope you feel better soon lovely! I’ve always suffered with headaches and it was one of the first things I asked my neurologist but he just said it was a side effect of the fatigue not a side effect of the MS so don’t know who to believe! Take care xx

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    • Thank you so much Sweetie! I hate when some neurologists say that headaches have nothing to do with MS. It is an easy google search and you can find where specialists have done research and found that headaches are very common with MS. I hope you are feeling well! I hope you have an excellent weekend! Much love!!!


      • Sometimes I do not believe what the neurologists say. It has been proven that there is a correlation between headaches and MS but some neurologists do not seem to know that. It is a little frustrating!
        I hope you are feeling well and I hope you have a great weekend!!

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      • Yes totally seems to just be depends on what new research they’ve looked into. Seems to be far too much info out there about headaches and MS to be ignored.
        Enjoy uour weekend too! 😊 x

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  2. Oh bless you. I really hope it goes soon as it’s horrible. I can only say i started getting migranes for the first when i got my confirmed MS diagnosis. Have probably only had another two or three since. But I often get tension headaches, and in my personal experience the last one was at the start of my recent relapse so could be fatigue related?. Also, since MS, shocking headaches when it’s the time of the month which I never used to get. I take painkillers which dont always help, so i just chill and rest. No lights, no tv etc, no noise. To help sleep I take a magnesium supplement before bed which helps. Drink plenty of fluids, water etc. Take it easy lovely.x

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    • You are so incredibly kind, thank you! One doctor had told me that headaches and MS had no relation, I told him he was full of it and well I did say a lot more that isn’t so kind! I do not know what is worse migraines or tension headaches, personally they both take so much out of me. I have heard pain killers can cause headaches as well but they sure do help other pain! Yes, no light or tv or anything, that is why I did post for a few days! I did not know a magnesium supplement would help with sleep. Is it a certain kind? To be completely honest, I have felt so crummy I know I have not been drinking enough! I really do appreciate your comment! You are really wonderful sweetie!!!


  3. I started to get migraines when I got diagnosed with MS. Headaches almost every day, but I do find them worse at a relapse and during, could be fatigue?. And worse now when I’m due on, my lady curse!. Never had such shocking headaches before. I just rest as painkillers don’t always help. No lights, no tv and uptake on fluids. I also take magnesium supplement before I go to sleep which for me personally helps. Hope it clears soon as it’s horrible. Take it easy lovely.x


    • Headaches really are the worst part of MS. Lights really are the enemy when my headaches get too horrible! I am sure it will ease up in time. I really hope this isn’t the start of another flare up. That would be horrible. I do know stress increases the risk of flare ups and I have been under A LOT lately! I hope you have a great evening!!! Take care Sweetie!

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      • Just fight through them, like all the other MS related aches and pains…we are a tough bunch! Sorry for the lateness in my reply. Been a bit rough this end. Hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and enjoying the relaxing break. lots of love. xx

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      • We enjoyed Christmas, but going through a bit of a rough time re work. I really want to share, but cant at this stage, as not sure what the future holds for me! absolutely exhausted and stressed with it all. But I know i will be ok. Lots of love to you and keep smiling. :)x

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  4. Having had chronic migraines for years, I know how terrible they can be. I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with them. For me, keeping hydrated, staying in a dark room with no loud noise or strong smells helps some. Sometimes a hot shower is also helpful if the noise from the water isn’t too much to handle. I hope your headache goes away soon!

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    • Thank you! My headaches are getting somewhat better but do keep happening almost daily. There is a strong link between headaches and MS, I will never understand when a doctor disagrees. It has been proven. I hope you are feeling well and headache free right now!!

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  5. Hey, have you heard that the BCG vaccine (Tuberculosus) can potentially cure MS? I don’t know if there are any studies, maybe you want to look into it. I’m trying to get Into a study for using BCG to cure fibromyalgia, it heals all kinds of autoimmune diseases, crazy!

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    • Thank you for sharing this! I wish you luck with getting into the study and I look forward to hearing the success you experience. With the medication I take for the MS I am not able to get any vaccines because it could end up being fatal. I am excited to read more of your posts to see how this works for you!! Take care!!!


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