Hey Carley; Welcome to the Healing well Fibro Forum. Does your mom have high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high colesterol, or smoke? Does she get Migraine headaches and if so, how does she manage them, ie. Imitrex, Zomig, Advil, tylenol, Aspirin? I ask these questions because I have Fibro, was diagnosed in 1994, managed with very few meds (Amyltriptilene and OTC Tylenol), untill I developed dangerously high blood pressure and Migraine Headaches in 2002 after being struck by a truck in a crosswalk. It was thereafter I started having frequent migraines, initially they responded to Liquid Advil jel caps, then a combo of tylenol and aspirin (Excedrine) and dramamine. Finally, they would only respond to a med called fioricet, a sedative tylenol prescript
ion med. Then my doctor got worried about
the fioricet so prescribed Zomig (in class with Imitrex, forces the blood vessels in the head to constrict), but have risk factor for persons with high blood pressure, like me. Sooooo, I had an episode one day last July where I awoke with a killer migraine, took a zomig, layed down and twenty minutes later had the most excruciating chest pain. I truly thought I was having a Heart Attack. about
a week later, I noticed my co-ordination in my right arm and leg were lousy, and my right eyelid was drooping. It's like the right side of my face is sagging. I think it might have been a "mini-stroke". I do have Fibro, but this particular occurance I attribute to the heart disease (high blood pressure, high colesterol, and smoking- I realise I gotta stop that foolishness). I hope you find answers for your mom. This Fibromyalgia is a mysterious disorder.