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dsj
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   Posted 3/11/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am very new to this and I hope I can find someone who can help me.  I had my first migraine with aura in Dec 06,  it hit me at the mall while christmas shopping,  I had the squiggly lines, loss of peripheral vision and the blinding headache.  I have never had anything even close to this before in my life and I had absolutly no warning.
 
To put things mildly, I had a complete panic attack and thought I was having a stroke.
 
I have seen my family doctor, an optition and a neurologist.  At first there was a great concerne that I had an anyurism or a brain tumor but thankfully I had an MRI quite fast to rule out those possibilities.
 
I went a few weeks of wondering what the hell was wrong with me and terrified of what it could be.  When I got the results back from my MRI and realized that nothing major was wrong, also the fact that I had not had any more episodes, I began to relax and think that it was some freak thing that had happened.
 
Wrong!  The same day that I actually started to feel better I had two episodes in the same day!!! That was Jan 20. and since then I have had seven more.
 
I have tried to find out as much information as I can about migraine with aura, and I have found many sights confirming the symptoms,treatments,etc... but what I really want to know is how other people deal with this.
 
Every single time my vision goes I get an instant panic attack.  I can barely breath and have a hard time concentrating.  I do not know what is setting these migraines off and there is no warning so I am now starting to feel anxiety all the time.  I am scared to go out by myself as I do not have a clue to when the next one will come.
 
Does anyone else get this panic and anxiety?  And if so, will it go away with time and experience?  Any information would be great,  Thank-you

Kate.e
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   Posted 3/12/2007 2:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I'm also new to this and you describe exactly what I'm going through.
 
It can come on at any time of the day, relaxed or not relaxed.  I had an episode when I was stood ironing the other day.  A tingling feeling in my head and sometimes in my face, followed by flashing lights around my eyes (although this was a new one as I hadn't had the flashing before).
 
Then a shear sense of panic, my heart races and I feel that I cannot breath properly and I'm losing control of my body, feeling as though I'm on the edge of cliffe about to fall, or faint.  Then more tingling all over my body and a blinding headache.  I don't know if you get this one, but then I shake violently all over, as though I'm in shock or something? Would love to know if anyone else out there gets this symtom.
 
It's very scary and at one time my partner rushed me to the ER and they did all the tests, heart monitor etc and said I was suffering from anxiety!  Amazing as the symtoms are very physical so I was sure I had something seriously wrong with me.  I'm 45 years old and this is the first time in my life I have had these attacks, which started around two months ago and I do feel afraid and wish they would go away.
 
I have to say finding this site has helped enormously and given me confidence to get over this or at least learn how to live with it.  At the moment I feel as though there is a tight band around my head and I'm praying one doesn't come on as I had very little sleep last night.
 
Kate
 

Rhoda
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   Posted 3/12/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   

My husband suffers from migraines and has anxiety about when and where the "attack" will happen.  He does not leave the house without me and he hasn't driven since November 2006.  It comes on so fast that if he is walking across the room, he can barely get to a chair to sit down before he falls down.  We too have been to the ER and after an MRI/MRA and blood testing, they said he had vertigo!  DUH!  We knew he was dizzy.  Luckily we have found a neurologist to work with getting some preventative mediciation going to help with the symptoms but it is slow going.

I suggest seeing a neurologist who may prescribe something for the anxiety that accompanies these attacks.

Good Luck!  Hang in there!


AngMichelle
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   Posted 3/12/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Whenever I get the first sign of a migraine I panic, just because I know what is ahead. Pain, throwing up, pain, nausea, pain, pain. I have klonopin for anxiety and I take one with my imitrex shot and it helps me, keeps me from crying so much(which makes things worse). And I have found that when I panic and cry, the migraine gets much worse and last longer.
I'm sooooo sorry your dealing with this.
Best to you,
Ang
DX-Migraines:Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome:Kidney stones: IBS:Ulcers:Depression/Anxiety:Non-Epileptic Seizures:Buldging Disc:Joint pain (I'm only 22!!)
 
Surgeries- two jaw surgeries, appendectomy, numerous lap. surgeries, ovarian cyst removals
 
Meds: ProzAC 20mg, Klonopin 1mg BID , Ambien 10mg
(PRN- Imitrex INJ, Pherergan, Stadol NS, DiaStat,)
 
May God give you a reason to smile today, an extra reason to laugh, and bring joy to your soul.


dsj
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   Posted 3/12/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   

thank-you guys for taking the time to share your experience with me.  It makes me feel sooo much better to actually read real accounts of what other people are going through and how they are dealing with this.

Like I said I have found many sites explaining the symptoms but none of them really said anything about panic or extreme anxiety.  I know in my head that I cant be the only one going through this, but emotionaly I am really starting starting to feel alone as I dont know anyone else that has ever experienced this.

It also seems logical that you would have this, as sudden lose of vision is terrifying, but I can not seem to get a grip and  I am having a really hard time understanding any of this.  It does seem to come at any time of day, relaxed or stressed, at home or out, and that is what the really freaky part is I think.  I can feel myself on the edge of something terrifying and even though I am trying to be strong and rational, it seems like every time I feel that Im getting back to my old self, I get knocked for another loop and every time seems to be worse then the time before.

I keep hoping that this is just a phase that I am going through but thats another scary part to what is going on, there is absolutly no way to know when you are fixed.  There seems to be no logical begining to this and there doesnt seem to be an end.  My doctor also seems to think Ill never find what the trigger is because there is just way too many differences in my episodes.. time of day, situation, stress level..etc. 

I have so many questions and unfortunatly there doesnt seem to be a lot of answers out there, so thanks again for sharing with me  and finally making me feel that I'm not totally alone.


paniked!!
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   Posted 4/2/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same thing! As soon as I get the aura I instantly panic.  I get the weird vision and sometime numbness and tingling.  Does anyone ever get the numbness and tingling????  That is the part that really scares me. 

medopedia
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   Posted 4/5/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My girlfreind has ocular migraine episodes once in awhile, and she panics at first, but when she is able to realize what is happening- "it's another ocular", she just lies down and waits for it to pass. I can relate to what you're saying about the unpredicatability of it being distressing; it even panics me a little when she starts to go through it, and I never know when she will.

Having said that, it is really a matter of getting used to it over a certain amount of time. The panic and anxiety are things that you can't control, but you Can control how you deal with them, and that's what you have to remember. If the anxiety starts to interfere too much with your everyday life, you might want to consider working with a good behavioral therapist for a little while.

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 4/5/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey guys,

One key to avoiding the panic that happens when you start to have your "AURA" symptoms, i.e. vision problems, dizziness, tingling sensations, etc... Is to make sure you have a migraine abortive with you at all times.  If you know you have medication with you that will abort your symptoms from going into a full migraine, a lot of the panic and anxiety will go away.

I've been in your shoes, more times than I would like to remember.  What is really bad is knowing that you are far away from medication/relief.  Just this week, I ran out of my new abortive, Migranal, and couldn't get it refilled for three days.  Yesterday, I woke up with a raging migraine and no Migranal to take.  Thus, I ended up at the ER for three hours waiting to get a pain shot.  I always have to get a few Lortab, because after the pain shot wears off, my head is usually slamming again.  Thank heavens my Dad could pick up my prescription this morning.  It's just a lousy feeling knowing that you don't have your medication with you.

Just try to avoid getting in that situation.

Leigh Ann cool


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medopedia
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   Posted 4/6/2007 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
That's a good tip, Leigh Ann.

Some people do get the "aura" ocular effects, without the ensuing migraine. Do you know if an abortive such as Migranal would be effective in such a case, for curtailing the aura?

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 4/7/2007 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,
 
Can't give you any tips on migraines with AURA ("Classic") migraines, as I suffer from "Common" migraines, which come without any visual impairments.  I too suffer from panic/anxiety disorder, but I take medication for control, and only rarely suffer a panic attack. 
 
However, I was taking Depakote for a fairly long time to prevent my migraines, which it didn't do.  What it did do was cause me to gain a ridiculous amount of weight, ruined my teeth due to dry mount, and messed up my eyesight giving me an astigmatism.  Rotten drug (enter your own curse words here...).
 
Anyway, good luck.
 
Leigh Ann cool

"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett


dsj
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   Posted 4/7/2007 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi guys,

thank-you guys so much for all the info and advice, I really appreciate it!! 

 Since I first wrote the post I was  prescribed Amerge as an abortive medication for the migraines but unfortunatly it did absolutly nothing in regards to the vision disturbance, and as for the migraine, it lessened the pain to a dull ache for about six or seven hours but then I still ended up with the blinding headache and then I was too scared to take anything else for the pain because I was told the medication was supposed to last 24 hrs and to be carefull not to mix with any other medication.

I still panic at first when my vision goes, I dont think I'll ever be able to get past that until I figure out what my warning is, and right now I have absolutly no idea when one is going to strike. I have found that that once the initial panic goes away I am now able to get through the aura somewhat ok.
 
I still have a lot of anxiety too and what I am being told now is that once the migraines are under control the anxiety and panic attacks will go away - hopefully - so now I am on Topamx to try and stop the migraines from comming at all and this medication is driving me crazy, plus not yet working.  This experience is just totally crazy!!  
 
 I just really want to say thanks again for all your input,  it really does make a difference.

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 4/8/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey DSJ,

There's a lot of different views on TOPAMAX, and you can probably get as much information and personal experiences from reading past threads as you could possibly need. Personally, it was POISON for me. Turned me into a zombie, and I stopped it two years ago. I have never fully recovered from all the bad memory problems, cognitive problems, etc... that junk gave me. I've noted this in several different threads as you will probably see. PLEASE READ THESE OTHER THREADS REGARDING TOPAMAX BEFORE YOU TAKE IT MUCH LONGER!!!

Let us know how it goes. Good luck.
Leigh Ann
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett

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