*Just an update post neuro-appointment: I went in for the Depakote IV and Phenergan injection. The last time I had this combo, I had a marginal relief and so I was hopeful it would help me again. This time, wow, my pain improved beyond belief! I went in with 8 out of 1-0 and severe swooshing and left with 2 out of 10 and no swooshing as long as I didn’t exert myself. When I did swoosh, it wasn’t bad, and I still have the tight clenching, though, in my neck. The neuro is sending me to physical therapy for my neck – to a guy who works with migrainers who have neck troubles and migraine symptoms in their necks. I’m hopeful. The meds are still making me very hungry (sure my cold isn’t helping) and the meds are making me very, very sleepy! I’m heading for an early, early bed time tonight.
My complicated basilar artery migraines usually present in the typical fashion, the right side of my body (usually my arms first) goes tingly then numb. This spreads to my leg, then my face and then upwards to my head and the back of my neck. This happens quickly, within a matter of seconds. I find myself at a loss for words, and sometimes I may lose my vision in my right eye. On occasion, I have vomited. This is rare. It only lasts a few minutes and once I come around, I’m able to walk and talk and take my own meds.
Well, last night was… different. Last night I was standing in the kitchen about to take some cold/sinus meds because I’ve been sick for a week 1/2 with this sinus cold crap! My husband was talking to me when all of a sudden I could feel my blood pressure dropping and the room getting fuzzy. All I could think was oh crap. As I moved across the room to our couch the LEFT and RIGHT sides of my body start to go numb, from the legs up! I can’t even talk! I’m laying there, staring at the ceiling, and everything is going all tingling and numb from my toes up as if it’s crawling up my body at a rapid pace. It reaches both sides of my arms then both sides of my chest, then both sides of my face. Then I find myself having difficulty breathing, and I close my eyes and just concentrate on breathing as deeply as I can. It was freaking me out beyond belief – I felt literally trapped inside my body! It took a while, but eventually I slowly felt the top half of my body release and I could sit up. Somewhat. I could speak and I told my husband to get my Midrin from my purse, and while my lower half was still numb, I took the first pill. He helped me to bed after the lower half had worked itself out, but it didn’t take long for my right side to start “shorting out,” as I like to call it. After a migraine attack, and while I’m medicated myself, my right side will have brief episodes of tingling numbness – my leg is still giving me problems today.
This morning I woke up with vertigo and tinnitus – a sure sign that not all is clear. My eyes sight couldn’t focus for a good 15 minutes, and there was a shimmering in the outer corner of my left visionary field. I never get things like that with my migraines, so I’m a bit worried. I just called my neuro’s office but he’s not in today. He’s in the sleep clinic so I left a message for his nurse. They marked it as urgent, but they’ve done that before and they’ve never called back. So who knows if I’ll hear anything. I need to see someone other than my idiot GP’s Physician Assistant. All they know how to do is give me a shot of tramadol or subject me to useless CT Scans. This is not my morning, apparently. It’s just not my week, either. What is going on!