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I have had migraines since I was about 10. I'm now 42. They would always start with flashing vision, parts of vision vanishing. I would take two paracetomal and then take a nap for an hour or two. When I would wake up the flashing would be gone but I'd have a headache on one side of my head. I wouldn't say it was super painful but it was not the nicest feeling in the world. By the next day it would mainly be gone apart from a pressure where the migraine was when I would cough or sneeze.
For the past month I've been having some weird episodes. It started as a normal migraine but has since turned into these weird episodes. The doctors think it is anxiety/panic attacks but to me it feels like a migraine but it affects me differently. I started having these episodes maybe two or three times a day but now it is down to about one a day.
It starts out where I will feel a bit nervous and then it gradually grows in to what feels like a throbbing, pulsating heart. It builds up gradually like a "regular" migraine does. Then my right ear begins to buzz/ring really loudly (I have tinnitus which I normally don't notice during the day) and my side of my head begins to pulsate as well in the spot where I had my last "real" migraine around the 12th of December. . It isn't painful but it is a constant numb throbbing that also continues to grow and grow. Sometimes the tip of my nose will go numb as will my upper lip. Sometimes I also get a bit of tingly feeling in my fingers and once or twice I felt a bit faint. The whole episode can last from anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Once it reaches its peak it slowly fades, my heart stops pulsating, the nervousness fades and I'm left with a still buzzing ear and sort of a tingly feeling on the side of my head and I feel rather tired. This will gradually go away after a few hours.
It tends to come on just before I eat or after I eat my evening meal, although I had an episode today when I wasn’t doing anything major in particular. I was having some swallowing problems before Christmas and I think this was due to a combination of a particular toothpaste that I was using - it was really drying my mouth out - and I think I also have a tense neck from working on the pc all day and the monitor is higher than it should be. I think looking up constantly has tightened up my muscles and that also made swallowing difficult. I was thinking it was either anxiety that was making swallowing difficult or swallowing that was making the "anxiety attacks" come on, but my swallowing has improved a bit as my mouth isn’t as dry anymore yet these weird attacks are still coming on so it could be something totally unrelated. I have had an ECG and thyroid and sugar tests done - all normal. Just waiting to get a monitor for my heart to check it is okay so they can rule out a heart problem. Nevertheless, does my "episode" sound like a silent migraine?
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