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When will this feeling go away!!!??? :(

Hi, sorry for the long post but I am getting really worried!!! I was wondering If someone can help me. I am a 23 year old female. On the 9th of December I experienced a server migraine.( so I was told) The pain was awful nothing like I had ever experienced before! I was at work and suddenly my vision went, my speech went, my hands went tingly and cold to touch, I was sick and the pain in my head was like someone was constantly drilling a hole in my head. I was taken to hospital and put on a drip, i had liquids given to me for 2 hours.

I had pain killers given to me, and had my blood pressure taken and also had my blood tests. I really wanted to have a scan as I thought something was seriously wrong with me! The doctors said that I had described the perfect migraine and that if there was something nasty in my head it would be getting profusely worse and wouldn’t react to the painkillers so he didn’t let me have a scan as he didn’t think I needed to have one.

It has been 13 days since my migraine and I have been left with this bizarre feeling. The pain has gone but I still get slight throbbing headaches. I feel like I am exhausted all the time, my eyes feel strange like a can’t focus on anything properly and that things around me are moving slightly. I feel like I am in a way out of my head in a 3rd person. I struggle to concentrate..when I work the lights seem really bright and hard to be around. I feel dizzy. It sometime gets better but then comes back again.

I don’t know if it just in my head or if I am actually feeling this way. I saw my doctor on the 11th and told him that I was feeling this way. He told me to change my pill to the mini pill as that can cause headaches and said that the migraine has probably just knocked me back and my body is just recovering to the medicines they gave me. He told me to come back after a week if I was still feeling the same. I am seeing a doctor on the 31st. I’m hopping they will be able to help me as o really want to get back to myself!!

Has anyone had the same thing?? Can anyone advise what they did to change it and get back to their normal self?? Please advise I’m on desperate need!!! I feel like I am going out of my mind. It is so hrs to explain to people as well!!

  1. Hi there, - So glad you shared your story with us. It does sound like a scary event to begin with and the fact that you've yet to return to your "normal" is, I'm sure, disconcerting to experience. It sounds like this was perhaps the first migraine attack of your life? I ask because if that's the case, you might not yet be familiar with how your body goes through the process of migraine. There are indeed several phases of a migraine - a prodrome phase, which happens before the attack, and then a postdrome phase which occurs afterward. For some, these pro/post phases can last for days/weeks. Here's an article that helps explain these phases in greater detail:

    Migraine is a neurological condition so the symptoms you describe (dizziness, inability to concentrate, fatigue, cold hands, loss of vision and speech, etc) are well within the definition of migraine.

    That said, it sounds very well-advised that you are being seen by a doctor given that these are new symptoms for you. You also mention a birth control pill and definitely hormonal therapies can cause major migraine attacks.

    Migraine definitely has the ability to make one feel that the energy is being drained out. This article helps describe that experience- perhaps you can read it to see if it's similar to what you've been experiencing:

    Hope your appointment with your doctor in a couple of days is informative and helpful to you. Let us know how you're doing and what you learn if you have the time.

    Thinking of you.

    1. Hi Holly, thank you for your comment. I saw the doctor on the 20th of December. He proscribed me with antibiotics as he said it could be a sinus infections (I felt like it was a brush off to be honest) but I guess they are ruling things out before I get a scan maybe?. I have finished my antibiotics and feel the same as before. He also gave me a nasal spray which again hasn't done anything. I have been on the new pill and again don't feel any different then how I did before. I have had some blood tests this morning to test my thyroid to see if it is under active, I'm hoping they come back tomorrow. My other blood test came back all fine which is good but frustrating as I'm scared I wont be able to feel back to normal if the doctors don't know what the cause is.

      It has now been 3 weeks since my supposed migraine attack and I still feel like I have this horrible brain fog, I broke down yesterday, I was just sitting on the sofa trying to watch Tv and I felt out of my mind I couldn't concentrate on anything. I felt really down.

      I am seeing a different doctor tomorrow just to get a second opinion. I wonder if maybe it is anxiety or depression. But I have only started feeling this way after the 9th when I was taken to hospital.

      I really hope I will feel better soon!! have you heard of this type of thing before?

    2. ..just to add, I phoned my doctor just now and he has confirmed my thyroid blood tests have come back all fine and normal, which is good. Once less thing ruled out I guess. He has also booked me to see the ENT specialist, I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do but he said they can do scans if they need to. I would prefer to have a scan so I know that nothing nasty is going on in my head and re assure myself as I'm not sure if I am making myself feel worse with that thought in my head. I really hope I get better!!

  2. Hi Lucy1,

    I'm so sorry you have a rough December, that sounds frustrating. I am glad you've been to a doctor and seems to be OK. Did your blood work come back OK?

    I wish I could tell you what's going on, but only a qualified doctor can do that. I can tell you a migraine attack can last for days with all the accompanying symptoms, but typically resolves itself once the attack is over.

    In preparation for the next doctor's appointment, I would encourage you to write down what you are experiencing and discuss with him. Keep track and even write down everything you are feeling, so you can have a detailed outline for the doctor when you see him.

    Please come back and let me know how you make out,

    1. Hi Nancy, thank you for your comment.

      I am seeing the doctor again tomorrow and I have written down all the symptoms that I feel I am having. Fingers crossed they can help me.

      I will keep you posted and hopefully with have good feedback.

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