My DS just started his freshman year at his dream school. they are on 7 week terms, so they take 3 classes a term. almost immediately, DS started to have visual disturbance whereby he had confusion and dificulty readng and headache over his eyes symmetrically and couldn't keep up with his fast paced term regarding getting papers done, labs completed etc. He went to the Student Health center where they suggested he take Tylenol and sleep it off. He returned again a few days later and they told him they weren't migraines. meanwhile he missed more and more classes and assignments. he started sleeping most of the day away. I got him an appointment at a place called The Headache center walking distance to his campus where an NP said it was not migraines and referred him for an MRI. I yanked him out of school since he would fail all classes at this point, on medical withdrawal -- so he would be able to return eventually and not lose any more of his academic scholarship and everything. It takes months to get into most neurology offices for an initial consult. I got him in to one right away at home (because she was a client of my husbands) and she said it sounded like auras and migraines. He is still trying to get the MRI appointment - hopefully this week. He is saying the pain is almost everyday - a "base" headache, which is a 3/10 for pain - that the ones that interfered were usually a 6/10. She rcommended 600mg ibuprofen which he took when I made him try to do a little calculus reading/studying as an experiment, but he said it didn't work.
His background history is very important - Aspergers, ADHD, Anxiety, on Focalin XR, Intuniv and Zoloft. LOVED his floor - the friends he made, his roommates!! He said his classes weren't too hard (he's brilliant) and he was angry I made him leave (at first). He doesn't think they are migraines, but we're thinking higher level thinking/stress induced if that's a possibility.
Please reply if this sounds like migraines, especially if you are or have a similiar background history.