Mild Confusion lasting hours

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,

I get migraine events a couple of times per month, such as auras lasting 30 minutes or ringing in the ears or slight dizziness. Less often I have had double vision and almost difficult talking (meaning it doesn't go all the way to difficulty speaking, but feels like it is going to). I have had strong episodes with a harsh flash of light and a few years ago, I did full check up with a neurologist with an MRI and MRA and all came back as normal and he tested my memory and all was fine.

Over the last 5 years, I have had a confusion episode about 5 times. I haven't had one for about 2 years, but a few days ago, I had a glass of red wine and within about 15 minutes, I thought I was feeling tipsy, but instead it became a confusion episode that lasted for about 5 hours until I went to bed and got up the next day and it was gone, even thought I felt tired. My other confusion episodes have not involved wine or drinking. But there was sometimes stress around the time of the confusion.

I had heard about confusion being a part of migraine issues, but I wanted to hear feedback from people who have confusion with their migraines. The way it manifests for me is that people's names don't seem to make sense, even though if I am quizzed I can get them correct. If I am asked my address, I will get it right, but it just doesn't seem to be correct in my mind. Everything feels off and like I wouldn't be able to remember things correctly if I had to. When I don't have the confusion, I am certain of names and addresses.

Since it happens so rarely, I don't worry as much, but when it happens, it is so weird that I get worried.

Does anyone else have this or have any suggestions?


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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 11/14/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   


Wow, I've gotten a few episodes over the last couple of months where I was confused and kind of out of it, though I am not sure if it was migraine related. I do get migraines, though I used to only get the auras and ear ringing, nausea, vomiting, loss of vision, etc. I did not get the actual headache. But suddenly last year, I started getting the headaches afterward, though not every time. Then more recently, I had some episodes kind of like what you described.

I had lost my job, but got a grant to go back to school for more training. I was in class one morning, then suddenly felt "off". I wasn't exactly dizzy or spinning, but I felt kind of floaty and weird. So I told my classmate and teacher that I didn't feel right. I thought I might pass out or something. But I went on with the day, and as the day progressed, I was feeling weirder and weirder, though it was hard to explain. So in one class, I was trying to listen to my teacher, whom I was sitting right in front of (we were around a small table). Behind her was a wall of bookshelves. Then I was having trouble focusing, I was trying to look & listen to the teacher, but if I looked even slightly at the bookshelves, I almost felt dizzy, it was strange. It was kind of like my brain had shifted and my focus was out of place, I was getting confused. I heard talking and sort of understood, but not everything. Then she suddenly asked me if was alright and I remember saying No. Then everyone said I was white as a ghost and they thought I was going to pass out. Well, one of the teachers at school happens to be a they called her in. They wanted to call an ambulance!! I said NOO...I couldn't pay for it. She took my blood pressure and for some reason it was very high (i'd never had it high like that before). SO they made me sit in the director's chair and put my feet up and stay there. Then they wanted to drive me home, but I'm stubborn, I said no. Over several hours, I felt slightly better and I tried to go on with my day, though I still had trouble focusing or really taking in what teachers and others were saying. I was told I also wasn't making too much sense in what I was saying a few times.

It started subsiding, I went home at the end of the school day, and I also was very tired. I fell asleep early and the next day I still felt a wee bit off, though still a lot better. It was the strangest thing. I never got an aura that I'm used to nor did I get a migraine. So that is why I am not sure if it was migraine related or not.

I do have insurance, but it's a very basic plan and I already met my caps for any kind of I did not bother to see a doctor. Then a week or 2 later, something similar happened again, though it wasn't as severe. But I sure can relate to what you experienced.
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