I would like to share my experience with migraines.
It started when I was 14; I used to get very bad visual aura migraines a few times a week. It would affect my study and concentration a lot. But I didn’t know what was that so I never went to a doctor.
At 19 I finally went to a neurologist who gave me Topiramate. I hated it but it successfully reduced my migraines significantly. I took it for a few years before trying to weaning it off.
At 26 I was completely off Topiramate and had very few migraines since. Right now I’m 30 and I have 10 migraines with aura per year. I could understand why I was having so many attacks and changing my lifestyle helped.
My problem is that 1/2 of these yearly attacks are changing. They are stronger and with different symptoms: I had needles and pins feeling in half of my body once; again, I had aphasia, another time I had 4 visual aura one after another (and so lasting 2/4 hours).
The reports are normal; I did a MRI which was normal. But I’m still scared: “what kind of symptom will I have next?” Since these symptoms are new I went to the ER each time thinking it was a stroke.
The doctor said to not worry and to start Topiramate again, but since I’m getting ready for a pregnancy I wouldn’t want to start that medication again (and we’re talking about only 10 attacks per year; 1/2 of which are extremely bad).
Anyone had a similar experience?