Migraines: Confusion & Memory problems


Migraines cause a lot of memory problems and confusion, even after the migraine. Over the years it has gotten worse. I used to have the best memory and could remember the most bizarre things, but now it’s like I’m a senior citizen and I’m 32 years old.

Confusion is a major problem when I get my migraines, I can’t focus on anything or even remember what I did the day before. Most times I go to get something and I can’t remember what I went to get, it can get very frustrating at times. The light sensitivity and vision problems makes this even worse.


Medication like topamax, which is the medication I take to prevent my migraines is a major contributor to memory loss unfortunately but it works very well at controlling my migraines. I would never consider coming of this medication because before I was on this medication my migraines were even more debilitating than they are now. Although this medication causes memory problems, it’s a small price to pay when you were getting 5-6 migraines a day and going blind and having to go to the ER twice a day almost every day. I would never want to go back to that so to me the side effects are a very small price to pay.

There are also a lot of medications that you can take when you get the migraines which also make you very sleepy and confused, which is another contributor to confusion and memory loss. I’ve tried so many over the years and the ones that I take now work so well for me. I take Frova, mirapex and promethazine and have a nausea pill that I take every day because the nausea can get very intense.

After you get the migraine:

After you get the migraine you still feel very sleepy and confused. It’s much like the hangover effect. You head feels like a cement block, and super heavy the slightest movement of your head feels like a knife is piercing through your head. Your body feels like it got hit by a train so to speak. You feel so nauseated and even your whole body hurts and aches all over.

Your head feels so scrambled you can’t remember anything or focus on anything. You have no energy to do anything for at least 24 hours. For me it takes me 48 hours to fully get over my migraines. When I have 2-3 migraines a day it takes me even longer. I have severe memory and confusion problems to the point that I cannot drive anymore. These migraines are so debilitating, and it seems the longer you suffer from them the more damage they do.

I have suffered from chronic migraines for over 7 years now, it’s a debilitating condition, unless you suffer from these type of migraines you can’t understand it is what I’ve learned over the years. I have researched and learned so much about my condition over the years and have learned so much from my doctors and my own personal experience and research.

It’s all about what works for you, and there is treatment out there you just have to find what works best for you. What works for me might not work for you, and what works for you might not work for someone else. We are all different, that’s what makes us special and unique.

I always recommend that if you suffer from migraines weather it be chronic or not, is you get referred by your primary doctor to a neurologist, because there are so many medications out there that can improve your life quality, you don’t have to suffer. Before I saw my neurologist my life was strictly in my bedroom, laying in bed which was blacked out and I was sleeping almost all the time, except when I was sick or going to the ER because I was in so much pain.

I had no social life or interaction with anybody, even my family. This is no way to live, and can lead to severe depression. I suffer from depression and anxiety because I was living this way for so long. The best thing you can do is to see a neurologist and get treated, and your primary doctor or a psychiatrist if your depressed. The biggest thing I’ve learned is you don’t have to suffer there is options out there.

Any questions please feel free to comment or message me anytime 😀

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is all based off of personal experience.

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Lisa Wilson

I’m 33 years old and have been suffering from Chronic Migraines for 7 years. I have had migraines all my life, the first one was when I was in 4th grade, and as I got older they got worse. My migraines turned into chronic migraines 7 years ago and have become so debilitating that I can no longer work or have much of a social life. Bright lights and fluorescent lights are a major trigger, so I have to wear dark sunglasses most of the time. Because of that, I can no longer work, go shopping or be outside for a long time. Over the last 7 years I’ve learned how to live with this disease. Many people don’t understand the pain & sickness because Chronic Migraines are a silent disease. I get migraines 3-4 times a day, I loose my vision, and get very nauseous and confused. The only thing I can do when this happens is take my medications and sleep. I’ve been trying to get disability for 7 years now & had no luck. The problem with this illness is because you can’t see it like a broken arm or leg etc. Everyone thinks it’s not a big deal. Unless you have experienced this, many will never understand. To be honest, I wouldn’t want them to. This disease is a nightmare and wouldn’t want anyone else to go through this. I have suffered so long and am still suffering, that I have depression now. After 7 years I have learned a lot of information and tricks, and that’s what I want to share. My goal is to help others get through this day by day, because I understand what your going through. I understand the excruciating pain, the times where you don’t want to move your head because it feels like a cement block. I understand all the times people have passed you off because they think your exaggerating or being lazy. I understand all those times the doctors have just given up on you. I have had countless tears over the last 7 years. I have a great family and I try and get by with what I have and that’s what’s important. If I could I would start a charity or organization for people with Chronic Migraines so we wouldn’t have to rely on the government when we simply cannot work because the moment we start a job within 10 min we would have a migraine. I sympathize with all of you. I have been through it all. I’ve tried many treatments and medications and tried many natural ways to help. I’ve learned a lot over the last 7 years and I want to share and help others in need as much as I can. I want to share what has worked and what hasn’t, Tricks that make the headaches and migraines get better, and information on migraines and the different types of migraines. My mission is I want to help others that suffer like I do. If I help 1 person that will be enough for me. God Bless

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