Tender Head after Migraine

Q. I was diagnosed with migraines three years ago and started taking propranolol to stop the attacks. Since I have been on the medicine, I haven’t had a migraine—until a week ago. I was on my way to pick my children up from school when my eyes started to go funny—seeing zigzag lines—and I knew a migraine was about to start. By the time I got home, my right arm and the right side of my face were numb, and then the pounding headache started. I went straight to bed, and the migraine headache lasted until the next day. This is typical of my headaches except for one thing—my head is still tender and sore to touch, and it feels like my hair hurts. I just want some reassurance that this is normal. Should I be feeling like this a week after having a migraine?

AspirinFor nearly a century, aspirin has been used to treat migraine and other headaches. It has several actions that make it useful for treating migraine. First, it is an analgesic or pain reliever. Secondly, it blocks or reduces inflammation. This action is controlled in the body in part by a series of chemicals called prostaglandin. Aspirin blocks the ability of the body to manufacture these compounds. Thirdly, it reduces the ability of platelets to aggregate or stick together. The aggregation of platelets is important as it serves as the first step in the body's ability to stop bleeding. It also plays a role in migraine attacks and other processes. In migraine, platelets aggregate, causing them to release serotonin into the blood stream, which eventually leads to the vascular actions and other effects of migraine.