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Could It Be?

I’m writing for my significant other, a healthy, active 61-year-old man.
He woke 12/31 and was frantic because he was struggling to stay awake. It scared us both. He was dizzy, felt “drugged”, a bit disoriented and most of all had visual disturbances such as kaleidoscope-like lights in his peripheral field.
At ER, everything came back normal. Cat scan, EKG, chest scan, blood, and urine.
Yet today, the 3rd day, he is bedridden.

Migraine brain fog

Primarily the visual disturbances are still bothersome and he says his head feels like he has the flu as far as being “foggy”. Incidentally, he tested negative for flu. I understand ER can miss things and we plan to seek more answers, but everything I’ve researched indicates migraine-related symptoms.

We’ve planned to see an eye doctor, but to where do we turn? Does this sound like a phase of migraine? When he coughs or sneezes his head hurts on one side (forehead). The visual disturbances began on the same side as the headache but is now both sides. I’m really concerned for him.

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  • 9xtnvv
    1 month ago

    Aimovig works about 3/4 of the month. The second month it lasted a little longer. My insurance changed their formulary and now give out Emgality which does nothing for me.

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    2 months ago

    Hello TEMGA79, thank you for reaching out. I hear how worried you feel for your husband and the symptoms he is experiencing. It is incredibly disconcerting when a loved one feels so “off” but tests do not reveal any problems. We cannot offer medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for safety reasons!) but what you are describing certainly bears similarities to symptoms others in the community experience. However, is uncommon for a person to have migraine symptoms occur for the first time at your husband’s age. Migraine is considered a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that there is not a specific test for migraine. After other possibilities have been eliminated (stroke, tumor, encephalitis, meningitis – to name a few that can present similarly), it remains the most likely diagnosis. This article provides some additional detail about diagnosing migraine:
    Most people who live with migraine are under the care of a neurologist or headache specialist to receive an accurate diagnosis and begin to develop a treatment plan. If your husband does not yet have a neurologist, I would encourage you to consider seeing if you can make an appointment or if you need a referral from his primary care physician. Please keep us posted on how he is doing and what you learn as you follow up with specialists. Know we are always here to listen and offer support to both of you. It can feel very overwhelming to be the caregiver while you wait and search for answers. Reach out anytime. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson ( team)

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