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menstrual migraines or epilepsy? so frustrated!

Posted by bookgurl99 on July 8, 2003, at 13:15:35


I've been getting severe migraines previous to menstruation. The symptoms are; visual aura, problems concentrating, word-finding difficulties in the preceding days, and eventually nausea and discomfort. The days following the attack, for up to a week I will still feel like I have a concussion, slow-brained and groggy,with mild visual aura and trouble concentrating.

These can also sometimes be set off by bright lights, changes from cold to hot, moving from dark to light areas, and being on a flickering computer.

My psychiatrist brought up the possibility of being tested for sleep apnea, and of being tested for epilepsy again. (I had a brief 20 -min. EEG last year.)

would these symptoms be consistent with epilepsy?

I am so frustrated because I am tired of the long road it has taken to single out what is causing these symptoms, and because -- to be honest -- i feel it is unfair that i should have to put up with cognitive symptoms. I have never used illegal drugs, drank to excess, or even binged on junk food. Yet here I am, at age 27, dealing with these symptoms.

I am so p***ed about this, when I see young people swallowing whole pizzas and trying drugs with no physical or cognitive repercussions.




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