Posted 10/19/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -7)
I am writing because I am trying to determine what kind of headaches I am having.
I am 21 and have been having headaches since I was 11. Generally they are migraine with aura, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity and extreme head pain. I have between 2 and 10 a month. However, in the last year I have been having attacks, which share some symptoms of my migraines, but are much more severe.
The symptoms are:
Blind spots in vision, total blindness, light flashes, double vision, hallucinations
Extreme forgetfulness, confusion
Inability to speak
Inability to understand speech
Inability to read or write
Lightheadedness, blackout flashes
Very high blood pressure, high heart rate (generally I am 90/60-ish)
Peripheral numbness, complete numbness in face, fingers, arms, sometimes only in the right side
Detachment from body, inability to feel pain, feeling that arms and legs are not a part of the body
The first time I had one of these attacks I went to the ER and they performed an MRI within two hours. There were no visible problems. I've also seen a neurologist, and she told me that I was absolutely fine and had nothing to worry about, mostly because she thought I was too young to have any real health problems. However, these symptoms are not good news and I know that they are absolutely not typical of my body. I am also continuing to have these attacks, and want to know what they are.
Please let me know if you have any insight into the nature of my headaches, and if you have had any similar experiences.