Chalk up another one to descending from altitude on a flight (from Detroit to Quebec on Monday (today is Thursday)). I thought I was experiencing an aneurysm - no kidding. I started checking myself for brain function: Do I know my name? Day of the week? Where I am and why? Can I count? Can I read my watch? Simple Math? Remember the words to songs? "Hear" the melody? All checked out, but for about
10 minutes I was in agony, thinking I was dying and kind of wishing death would hurry itself along.
Like others, it came out of nowhere and just NAILED me! Felt at first like someone was piercing my left eyebrow, then drove deeper and wider until it was above/behind/in my left eye, and I thought my eye was about
to explode. I was streaming tears and writhing around in the worst pain I've ever felt. Actually got pissed at my seat-mate over his total lack of concern.
After 10 minutes, it subsided into a left-front quadrant headache and a dull ache in my eye. After bumming 2 x 200mg Advil from my co-worker inside the airport, it gradually went away over the next hour. I had 3 relapses over the next 12 hours, but they were all very mild by comparison. I took sinus medicine the next day and until my return flight yesterday.
Saw my doctor today, and he said it was most likely a migraine (shocked me to learn they can be that sudden and severe). Could also be sinus pressure effects. Or an outside chance it was a "sentinel aneurysm." He didn't seem concerned enough to recommend an MRI. Suggested I keep Excedrin Migraine with me next time I fly and chew it up if I get this again.
I'm going to check out that Barosinusitus that Iopnrs mentioned on 2/13/12.
I'm so relieved to find so many of you who have had this same thing and lived to tell about
it! Don't want to EVER relive that!
Post Edited (HickoryStick) : 7/20/2012 4:55:03 PM (GMT-6)