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Can't stay long on here because using the PC, reading or doing any kind of close work like sewing is bringing on a migraine for me these days. Please understand why if you kindly leave a reply and I don't respond at first.
Hope this isn't too long a story, but I first had a migraine when I was late teens and they were always on one side of my head (right) and very painful, also with nausea and diarrhoea - but never had an "aura" or any visual disturbance. Doctor gave me some painkillers and sometimes it would go with sleep, if I could get some. I got a maximum of about 4 a year (usually less) and they were always menstrual-related.
Fast forward to now, I'm 52 and have been in menopause for over 2 years. The migraines are now almost every week and always after reading, using PC, sewing (which is my work and hobby) and pretty much anything that you would do close-up or use reading glasses for. It always starts with my eyes feeling strained and a bit blurry, then if I don't immediately quit and take 1g of Paracetamol, I'll get a migraine.
I thought it must be caused by eye strain so I went to the opticians and had glasses prescribed. This made the migraines much less frequent and I thought I'd cracked it. Now, about 7 -8 months later they are back more than ever. Now I can't even do 10 minutes of reading/PC/sewing, whatever and the migraine is threatening to come. I feel as though my sight is deteriorating rapidly, although the optician has done 2 eye tests within a year and says she can see nothing wrong.
Along with the symptoms I posted above I also feel physically and emotionally weak the day after the headache goes. So weak I can barely get out of bed. I often feel like crying at the same time, not from frustration, but from an overwhelming feeling of despair and melancholy (to use an old fashioned term). This usually disappears the next day.
This weekend everything has come to a head and after a migraine last Thursday I was feeling a bit weak, but not too bad on Saturday and I started to make a felt flower - not a very small item, about 2 inches across and within 10 minutes of starting I had the strained eyes, the feeling of impending migraine, nausea and also bright flashing zig zag shapes in the right half of my right eye. I couldn't see properly and I was quite frightened as I've never had an aura or whatever before. The zig zags went after about 15 minutes then my fingers on the right hand went numb for about another 15 minutes. For about an hour I couldn't read or understand words properly and I kept smiling without reason. AFter 2 or so hours I was back to normal (ha!)
I've booked a doctor's appt for this week but I have no idea what to tell him. Do I want to see a neurologist or an eye doctor or what?
I'm hoping somebody on here will have had the exact same symptoms as me before and know what's going on. I'm really confused as to whether this is all just migraine or there are other things going on.
Before I got my new glasses this year I saw my GP about the worsening migraines and he said "would you like to try some medication for anxiety?" and I was livid. I felt like he hadn't listened to me at all and was just fobbing me off as a neurotic old woman so I said no thanks, in the end all he gave me was Paramax (paracetamol with an anti-nausea drug), which is actually quite useful for the headache itself.
I think I judged him a bit harshly because he may be right about me having anxiety and I just was in denial. I am quite an emotional and fearful person and the older I get the worse it is.
Sorry this is so long, I'm getting a bit desperate and I read the posts on here and am in awe at how much some of you are suffering, but still take the time to help others. Thank you all.
Now I've got to go! Eyes going funny already
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