Cat - thank you so much for the reply. Your history sounds so much like my husband's experience! I had him read your reply and he couldn't believe how similiar your experience was. The reason I was questioning how quick the paralysis set in is because it seems like most of the research I've done says that the symptoms of a migraine producing paralysis progress gradually and do not come on suddenly. After doing a ton of research I had been leaning towards a migraine condition but the explanations of the paralysis coming on gradually was throwing me and making me think that maybe the originally TIA diagnosis was correct after all.
Do you have visual disturbances when you aren't having a major episode? My husband says that every 2 or 3 months he will have a half moon-like shape slowly cross over both eyes. He says it takes about an hour for them to disappear completely and there is no headache along with it. He had no visual disturbance that he can remember during his big episode on Monday. Once in a great while he will complain of a slight headache and he said he would probably classify 4 or 5 headaches he's had over his lifetime as migraines.
So far all his tests have come back negative. His blood test results for his Cholesterol were fine. His Calcium,Ionized,Serum was slightly elevated and his Glucose was a little bit high. You mentioned that caffeine is your trigger - what do you think about sugar being a trigger? Interestingly on Monday morning when his attack happened his glucose was high even though he hadn't eaten in over 12 hours and also on Wednesday his repeat glucose test was high even though he had fasted for over 12 hours.
My husband is about 40 pounds overweight but extremely active. He doesn't drink or smoke but he has a horrible diet and on the Sunday before his episode we had dinner with his family and he ate ALOT of ice cream and had some cookies. After dinner we went to the movies and he ate an entire box of candy and washed it down with a large icee-type drink. The next morning is when he had his "attack". So this is my theory...........that due to his diet and the head trauma he's had he has been teetering on the brink of a full-blown attack (instead of just having the visual disturbances every so often) and all the sugar he had the prior night finally pushed him over. I also think that he may have an impaired fasting glucose level which could be fixed with his diet but is contributing to his condition. Monday's attack put the fear of god in him and he's already lost 3 pounds.
He has a heart echo scheduled for Tuesday but now I wonder if we should just make an appointment with a neurologist instead so that he could get started on some medication?? Is verapamil the only medication that is helpful or are there many and you just need to figure out what works best for each person? My husband also seems to be fatigued alot lately (although I'm sure that could be a by-product of his diet). I also think as of late he forgets things and repeats things more often than normal. He also seems to be at a loss finding words sometimes - it's almost like he checks out when he's talking and it takes him a few seconds to get back to what he is saying. Does any of this sound familiar?
Thank you so very much for your reply to my post. Any additional advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you are doing so well.
Christine (& Mark!)
Cat- thank you for the reply. You have been a wealth of valuable information!! Mark had the echo today and as long as that checks out ok we are going to obtain an MRI of his brain and then see a nuerologist who specializes in migraines. Fortunately we live in a suburb of a major city so we have access to alot of good doctors. Thanks again and I'll keep you informed.........
I posted orginally awhile back and fortunately my husband has not had another episode. I don't know what your history is but don't panic! My suggestion would be to search around this site and/or the web for people who are actively dealing with this issue and they could help you with any questions you have. By thinking positively and being pro-active you will feel much better! :)
Post Edited (EvilFluorescents) : 2/28/2011 9:55:33 PM (GMT-7)