I just read your post and what you describe does sound like some type of seizure. Stiffening of your muscles and body are typical of a seizure. It is good that you are going to a neurologist. You should have the neurologist give you various tests and you should have an EEG, one that is an asleep and awake EEG. Also, if the neurologist specializes in epilepsy it would be much better. Some neurologists specialize in other conditions and don't know that much about epilepsy. If you live near a teaching hospital you are much more likely to find an epilepsy specialist. Good luck and post how you are doing. I am sorry it took so long to answer you, I just now found your post. I have posted twice recently and no one has given my any answers. I posted because I have a son with epilespy and I wanted answers to some pretty simple questions. I usually post on another forum where I get a lot of replies. It's almost as if no one on here cares about helping someone out. Makes me wonder why there is this forum if you can't get any help.
Hi Trishy, I am so glad you are going to a good neurologist and having the tests. Please don't be afraid of the tests. They are not painful. I don't know much about an MRI with dye but I have had heart tests with dye injectected and the only feeling I had was one of warmth in my body. My son has had partial and absence seizures as well as grand mal seizures. The absence seizures did show up on the EEGs and I believe the partials did too as one of his meds is for partials. He does take 3 different meds but they do control his seizures and that is good and important for him as he feels he can lead a more normal life. I also think you may have an anxiety issue here. What is happening to you is scary and you don't have an actual medical diagnosis yet. So I would tell the dr. that you are wondering if some of the problems are caused by anxiety. I think you are in good hands and please do post and let me know what is happening with you. I know how worried you can be with this disorder. My son strarted having seizures at age 19 and he is now 35 so we have learned to deal with the problems over the years. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to get plenty of rest. You need at least 8 hrs a night. And also, stay away from caffeine. Hope to hear from you and I will reply to any of your posts. Take care of yourself.
Hi Trishy. I am sorry you are continuing to have these problems. Most of what you describe does not sound like peri menopause. I am through menopause and have never heard of anyone experiencing what you do because of menopause. My best advice is to wait to get your tests done to determine or rule out anything going on. In the meantime, since you are feeling such anxiety can you ask your dr. for a mild anti anxiety med to take as needed for a short duration? I am sorry to hear you lost your job. Can you get unemployment benefits? Were you let go or fired or downsized? If so you should be entitled to unemployment insurance. After all you have paid for it over the years when you had your job. I lost my job too last year, although technically I had to leave due to the job being way too physical for me. I have been looking for part time work but there is nothing and I have many years of experience and very good skills. No one wants to hire anyone my age, not that I look very old, but when they see on my resume that I have more than 25 yrs office experience they can figure out that I am at least 50 or more. (definitely more!) I hope all goes well with your son. And if your daughter lives in NJ she's not too far away. I have a son getting married in Oct. and I am very excited about it. I have such a small family it will be nice to have a daughter in law. And she is lovely. I also have another son as I mentioned, the one with epilepsy. Wish he didn't have it, it would make such a difference in my life. Well, don't want to be writing a short story here so do let me know how your tests go and anything I can do to help support you. Wishing you a happy holiday too.