Thought I would introduce myself as a new limbolander. I had an "attack" in the middle of the night in August, 2005 (at the age of 42).
Here are the symptoms of my “attack”
BP 183/90 (something like that) – Elevated for 2 weeks
Vomiting - 6 hours straight (no stopping)
Extreme lower back pain – 8-10 hours
Felt like fireworks were shooting off in my brain (lights flashing) – 5 minutes
No Fever / No Headache (just weird sensation in head)
Severe (and I do mean severe!) Vertigo (could not get up from the bathroom floor)
Unable to walk for 3 days – wall hugger for 4 weeks
Double Vision for 3 days
Could not hold my head up for 4 weeks
Finally able to sit up and eat my meals after 4 weeks
Able to drive after about 6 weeks (needed my husband to go with me) very scared
Overall, I am doing OK now. I have constant R Leg pain, occasional numbing of the R foot and toes (all on the anterior side), and intermittent blurry vision. My BIGGEST problem is my eyes and my constant need to roll them upwards (like I need to stretch them upwards). Nobody understands why or can give me an answer. My vision did decrease by 2 steps in a matter of 3 months after my attack and my blind spots increased. I no longer have the extreme fatigue, but then again, I am only doing a fraction of the stuff I used to do. When dealing with stress now, I seem to develop R foot drop and start dragging my leg around and need to lie down and rest. So unlike the “old” me.
I did have a CAT Scan (Infarct found), an MRI (2 lesions in occipital lobe), an EEG, and blood tests (normal). I did not have an MRI of the spine or an LP.
All of my residual symptoms remain the same. I have not developed any problems with my arm or my L side. I have had 2 opinions from neurologist and they both say, “I don’t think you have MS”. For now, I think I shall play the “wait and see” game. They can tell me what I don't have (Kidney stones, food poisoning, stroke, etc.), but they cannot tell me what I do have. It is my GP who thinks I have MS.
In my CAT scan they also discovered that I have an osteoma (bony growth) in my Left frontal sinus. Ophthalmologist thought this might be causing my eye symptoms and sent me to an ENT. ENT was very concerned about the Osteoma and wants to monitor me every 6 months or so. The osteoma is in a position that cannot be extracted from going in through the nose and they would have to operate across my forehead (No Thanks!). I don’t see it popping out through my forehead, so I don’t think it is growing or doing me any harm as he did not indicate this is why my eyes roll up or get blurry vision in my R eye. This problem is a low priority in regards to my other symptoms, but I did let him treat me for my so-called sinus infection that was discovered in my MRI too.
Just wondering if anybody on this board has/had a similar attack....