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   Posted 6/28/2014 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Had a sever concussion and physical injuries from car accident last year and since then have had awful cognitive problems including periods where my brain feels like it "shifts" and everything slows down, arms feel tingly, screamed out once saying the same words over and over again, felt like a robot...for a few minutes then return to normal.

The other night I suddenly had a massive headache and my brain shut down, my head fell forward and I closed my eyes, everything felt slow in my brain, it felt as though I wanted to shout out but kept thinking I can't speak, then I opened my eyes and looked at my daughter who said I was staring weirdly at her, I could feel my stare was weird if that makes any sense, then I felt normal again.

One thing that seems to be a common thread with all these episodes are bright lights, in stores, on the computer etc.

I was diagnosed with migraines last year and was told these symptoms are similar to complex migraines?? another dr said absence seizures?? very frustrating.

Has anyone experienced these things? I can also walk in somewhere and feel my brain shifts and even though I should know where I am it's not familiar to me, well...kind of if that makes any sense, I can also be doing something and suddenly realize I've just done it but don't remember doing it.

This is rambling but it's scaring me a lot, I do see a neurologist next month.

A brain MRI showed at least 7 subcortical white matter lesions (could be from accident) and a 50% stenosis in the ICA but was told this is not what's causing these episodes.

Thank you for any advice. :)

Post Edited (Thundercloud) : 6/29/2014 11:16:07 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/28/2014 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're having episodes as described, I hope you aren't operating a car or heavy machinery and are avoiding circumstances such as swimming alone or with someone, such as children, that would be incapable of rescue.

Is your daughter or other children capable of dialing 911 (Emergency Services) if the need should arise?

That said, migraines and seizures can be closely related, or so says my neurologist. Some medications used to treat seizures can also be used to prevent migraines. I have Temporal Lobe Seizures, in me they disrupt memory, cause aphasia (where I can't talk, usually very brief) and leave me with a profound feeling of Deja Vu. An odd feeling I've experienced, and not sure if it's from the seizure condition, occurs when I'm driving, after I'm tired, a get fleeting feelings that the car is stationary and I'm steering everything else. It lasts just a second, and doesn't effect my driving (my seizures are controlled), but it is bizarre.

Hang in there, keep a diary of events and write down your symptoms and questions for the doctor.

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   Posted 6/30/2014 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JR and thank you very much for your reply.

No, don't drive anymore as I've experienced the same thing as you and also one time I suddenly realized I'd almost come to a complete stop (Thank God no other cars were around me) and didn't know it or realize where I was then slowly returned to feeling normal.

My girls are in their 20's so not small, so no fear there!

Will definitely write everything down...short term memory is shot....before I see neuro, just hope he can figure out what this is, thanks again and hope you are okay.
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