Could this be PFO? Right sided body numbness/pain

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   Posted 2/21/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I'm a 31 yr old female that had an episode of aura migraine in 2008 - I had the aura with flashing lights in my right eye (first time I've ever had that although I'v suffered headaches all my life) and the entire right side of my body went numb. The numbness went off after about 20 minutes. Everyone figured I was having a migraine due to meds I was taking (which have since been stopped).

Since then the numbness came back back little by little and is now currently with me all the time - the intensity varies but it's always there. Some days it's mildly irritating and other days it is deepy painful and leaves me bed-bound with what feels like nerve pain and muscle spasms. I also experience blurred vision in my right eye a few times during the day, every day. Occasionally the numbness will 'spread' over to my left side but it's not the same as on the right, it's a much lighter numbness.

On my right side I have altered sensations, and it is usually colder than my left side. I suffer terrible migraines with the pain centering around the right temple.

I am seeing a neurologist for the 3rd time in a couple of weeks - I've had two MRIs scans and one CT scan, all completely clear with no leisons or anything abnormal. So I'm at a loss as to what is causing this problem.

Recently I have been reading about PFO (patent foramen ovale) and wondering it that could be the cause of this problem because there doesn't seem to be any answers from looking directly at my brain. I'd like to gather any ideas I can get to take to the appointment with me.
I also have hypothyroidism and I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2007 (although I believe the CFS diagnosis is wrong).

Many thanks :-)

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   Posted 2/23/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It's rather inconclusive whether PFO is the cause of any headache problems, though PFO closure has been shown to sometimes improve HA symptoms. Because of the uncertain association between PFO and headache the only way to know if you have PFO is to be tested. If you neurologist feels that PFO closure might be a good treatment option for you then you should consider getting checked. The test is an outpatient procedure but you still have a tube stuck down your throat.

But anyway, as with most things you best option is to discuss this with your doctor. Particularly since there's no other way to tell than to be tested.

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