Hi guys, I'm wondering if you could help me figure something out.
I get textbook migraines about once a month around my period, just nasty ones with throbbing pain on the side of my head that knock me out and make me feel dizzy and sick. I also have sinus issues often, so I'm used to that sick/dizzy/lightheaded feeling nearly constantly. Ugh.
I've had a few scary episodes within the past month or so where I'll be out somewhere in public, watching a movie, walking the dog, last night during a timeshare presentation, where I'll suddenly feel really lightheaded, kind of a tingly sensation in the back of my head, and my head will feel quite heavy, like my neck can't hold it up. It's incredibly hard to focus, and I get nauseous. I feel clumsy and slow, and get goosebumps, feeling freezing and shaking uncontrollably. It comes on really fast. Bright lights make it worse. In fact, I think bright lights actually set it off sometimes, because now that I think about it, it usually happens after I look at a lamp or there's a change in lighting. These are really scary and debilitating!
There's never any pain involved; more like my head feels "off." Could this be a type of migraine? I have Maxalt that my doctor gave me (haven't tried it yet for the common migraines), but I noticed on the info sheet that you're not supposed to take it for "basilar migraines." Is this what I have, and why couldn't I take the Maxalt? Would there be bad side effects if I take it and it's NOT a migraine?
I've already had a full workup of blood work, heart tests, and CT scans that all came back normal, and I'm young, only 24.
Any advice or suggestions would help!