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Harvin discusses migraines

Posted by: under Vikings players, Percy Harvin Updated: December 18, 2009 - 1:40 PM

Rookie Percy Harvin returned to practice Friday after missing one game and more than a week of practice while suffering from severe migraines. Harvin has seen several specialists for his migraines and is scheduled to see a few more.

Harvin talked with reporters briefly in the locker room after practice.

"I'm glad to be back out here with my teammates so I’m doing fine," he said.

Harvin said the past two weeks have been "tremendously hard."

"Just getting back out here and being able to run around and get a sweat going and get back with my teammates is the most important part," he said.

Harvin said his migraines were so severe that he could not function.

"They’re real bad," he said. "It’s hard to explain them for somebody who doesn’t know them. It got real bad to the point where I had to shut it down. It’s good that I’ve come back around and be around my teammates."
Harvin said there's a history of migraines in his family but doctors are trying to determine what trigger his. Harvin has suffered from migraines since he was 10 and he missed two consecutive games during a severe bout as a sophomore at Florida.
"It can be genetics or just come for no reason sometimes," he said. "It’s hard to kind of pinpoint how they come and why they come."
Harvin admitted that the migraines are so debilitating that the effects are scary.
"It is scary," he said. "I think me knowing what it is, it doesn't scare me that much. It's scary to the point where you've just got to lay down and hope for the best."
Harvin practiced at least on a limited basis Friday and said he hopes to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
"Well, I had a good practice today so I should be on the field on Sunday, but like I said we'll see," he said.
Harvin said he's undergone several tests and examinations by specialists and is scheduled to have a few more in the near future.
"Like I said, there's no magic cure," he said. "Different people will react to different medicines so it's just kind of seeing what I react to. I'm willing to take any opinion from the doctors, and hopefully we can come up with something that'll knock this thing out."



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