I’m known for being a clumsy person. I wasn’t always this way — I think since I started suffering from migraines it set in. And when I have one I seem to be extra clumsy, very weak and fatigued. I also think the Imitrex exacerbates those symptoms. I usually brush off some dizziness and clumsiness as migraine symptoms/medication side effects.
But recently it’s gotten bad enough that I had to go to the ED. For the past month I’ve been having what I would call “dizzy spells” where I get very lightheaded, weak, nauseous, shakey, lose muscle coordination and get spotty vision. It is like what normally would happen, but much more severe.
Usually it occurs when I engage in physical activity. I’d go for a walk for 15 minutes and start to get the lightheaded/dizzy feeling. I can’t walk straight, and getting up the stairs to my apartment felt like I was hiking a mountain. As I ascended each stair, my vision would fade, and I’d feel so weak that I sometimes had to stop and sit. Again, I just figured it was migraine symptoms/imitrex side effects or dehydration and hoped it would stop happening.
After a few serious episodes, I finally took action when I collapsed. I had a bad migraine and had taken imitrex so the pain was better and I was determined to get a little exercise. My boyfriend and I went to play tennis but I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t get the ball, it seemed so far away when normally I’d have no problem. I couldn’t control my muscles and when I hit it, it’d go flying over the fence or into the other court. After about ten minutes I was done. I didn’t feel so hot and I couldn’t hit the damn ball. I walked over to pick up the ball and I just fell. I didn’t go unconscious– I just went from standing to being on the ground and not remembering the in between. I started breathing rapid shallow breaths, felt wobbly, sweaty and just all out of sorts. My boyfriend had to help me walk back. I couldn’t walk straight, getting up the stairs was nearly impossible, my muscles felt like jello, and my vision felt dark and hazy.
I was out of commission for the rest of the day, and when I would get up I usually had to catch myself against a wall and sit down. This is when I called my doctor and she had me go to the ED. I got IV fluids and they ran all kinds of tests — blood work, EKGs, monitored my blood pressure, CT scan…I haven’t really felt “right” since, and had a couple similar spells since then. They all seem to occur when I have a “tolerable” headache or migraine and have taken imitrex. After I start feeling dizzy, the migraine escalates to a 9.
My Dr is looking into the issue. Basically I was wondering if anyone has had similar episodes or symptoms, if it’s purely migraine related, or what it could be.