any tips on how to stop foggy thinking when it starts

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   Posted 4/26/2010 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   

I am new on here, I'm 24 and female.

A bit of background - Since I approximately 16 I have suffered with one sided pounding headaches that cause me to need to sleep. I didnt t realise what they were until last year, I have a family history of migraine with aura (1 maternal aunt, her son and 2 of my grandmothers sisters at least)

As i have said, my headaches are unilateral, they can be on either side but tend to favor my left. I get sensitive to light and sound and feel nauseous. It happens this way a lot of the time. I have also always had some mood disturbance and appetite in the couple of days leading up to, and some visual changes.

However, in the past 12 months, it has happened sometimes without the headache, or a weaker headache, visual changes are more prenounced and I have trouble with language, both speaking and understanding, its not severe or long lasting, but enough to be embarrasing. The major annonyance when there is no pain is that my thinking becomes so foggy, I cant concentrate at all, I feel like I'm in a different world!

Any tips for managing this? I cannot take triptans as I take citalopram for depression.

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   Posted 4/26/2010 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
When I saw your post, I decided to register in order that I could reply.  What you describe sounds like an aphaisic episode which I understand can happen with migraine.  But please do what you can to be certain it is migraine and not something more serious.  When my daughter was 10 years old, she began having migrainous type headaches that were relentless.  She would experience what she described as "surreal" episodes as well as some numbness and tingling in her face and arm.  She suffered through two aphaisic episodes where she was unable to speak or fully understand what was being said to her.  After a negative CT scan, they concluded she was suffering from migraines (which do run in our family). Relying on mother's instinct I changed neurologists after finding one who agreed to perform an MRI.  The MRI showed a blockage of approx. 99% in the middle cerebral artery of her brain.  She wasn't suffering migraine, she was suffering TIAs and strokes.  Had we not caught it when we did, they don't figure she would have lived out the rest of the week.  Fortunately, she has recovered extremely well and is about as normal a 20 year old as you could find.  But had I not taken her symptoms seriously, things may well have turned out very different for all of us.
Best of luck.
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