Posted 7/30/2012 12:14 AM (GMT -7)
I was diagnosed with chronic atypical migraines when I was 13 because I had a low-grade headache that simply never went away (12 years later, it still hasn't). A couple of months ago, though, I woke up in the middle of the night, grabbing my head because of stabbing pain going from the back of my head toward my eye on the left side of my head. After about a minute, the pain subsided and I went back to sleep. Short, severe headaches like that persisted for the next couple of days along with a sudden weakness on my right side - in my hand, arm, leg, and face. After a couple of days, my headaches changed from short, severe ones to more moderate headaches that still wake me up in the middle of the night sometimes, tend to be there when I wake up, then improve, and get worse in the late afternoon/night. I was admitted to the hospital after developing the severe headaches and weakness because they thought I might have had a stroke. A CT showed no evidence of a stroke, but they then told me I had a small brain tumour. After an MRI a few days later, I was told that it was not a tumour but rather a bone growth from my skull and was not the cause of my symptoms. I was discharged from the hospital and saw a neurologist a few weeks later who wasn't helpful at all. He just did an initial evaluation to tell me the exact same thing I was told in the hospital and said he would see me back in December about the continued problems. Fortunately he went ahead and wrote me a script for PT and OT and my evaluations for those still showed notable right-sided weakness 2 months after the onset of symptoms. The neurologist said it's possible that what I am experiencing is a type of migraine - moderate pain (enough to interfere with my life for sure, but not to incapacitate me), and persistent weakness for 2 months (as well as occasional bouts of severe dizziness). Do you think it could be a migraine or that I should try to look in to other options? I have a family history of migraines/headaches but no one has symptoms like mine. Any ideas?