I have been having migraines for a long time – they have been worsening lately. In October of 2012 I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and had a total thyroidectomy due to nodules found on my thyroid. I am currently taking Synthroid 125 mcg daily.
Over the years I have tried many things for my headaches (frequent eye exams included). I have taken many types of medications and combinations. Over the past 6 months to 1 year the headaches have increased in frequency and intensity mainly on the left side of my head. I have pains that are like seizures or cramps (for lack of better word) that begin at the base of my neck on the left side and work up my head, deafening my left ear, dimming, blurring or blinding my vision in my left eye and making the left side of my face feel numb. Some of these episodes are so severe that I lose control of my left arm and it drops. Needless to say I seldom drive myself anywhere unless there is another licensed driver in the car with me! I have even woken with my left side completely “dead” and unable to move it. It was not asleep, but just unable to move it causing me to slam into the wall.
I’ve also noticed that I get these periods where it feels like an electric current is running through the left side of my head. It almost feels like I am holding a low-level electric fence. It has caused the hair on my left arm to stand up – not every time, but some of the time. It is a bit scary and annoying. I have just gotten in to see a neurologist. Much to my surprise and dismay he did not pay the least bit of attention to any of these symptoms before giving me Amitriptyline, Topimax and Maxalt. I cannot take Topimax (I’ve taken it before – as recently as a year ago) and it makes me severely sick.
Does anyone else have the electric pulse or seizure/cramp thing?