“Complicated Migraine”

Last week while on the phone with my son, i noticed a blind spot in my right eye accompanied with aphasia/trouble forming words. i immediately went to the ER thinking stroke because of strong family history re both parents fate. within 2 minutes i was fine, but went to ER anyway thinking possible TIA or carotid blockage.

in ER, i was strong, speaking appropriately, etc. but after taking history, i had to have an MRI which was not fun – 45 minutes – and then contrast dye which i was ALLERGIC to – hives, burning, throat closing. back to ER room where they administered benedryl IV, steroids, and an atavan b/c i was terrified at this point.

MRI was ‘underwhelming’ per neurologist’s evaluation. my dx was “complicated migraine” yet i had NO PAIN ever. when in my 50s i was prone to regular migraines for years complete with horrible pain, diarrhea, vomiting and 8 hours of being too sick to die …

i went to my opthalomogist to make sure my eye was not in trouble and it was fine as well.

i just wanted everyone out there to know that you can have a “silent or complicated” migraine, and ocular migraine with its’ own aura. another migraine trigger has always been barometric pressure and if i can catch the symptoms quickly enough, coffee/benedryl can help. otherwise, i’m a mess for possibly the rest of the day.

best to everyone suffering any kind of migraine. unless you’ve experienced this, it’s difficult to explain.

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