Sunday, July 30, 2006
So at about 8:30 friday morning my left hand fell totally asleep, and the left side of my mouth felt like someone just socked me with a fistful of novocain - then after about five minutes? 10 minutes? thirty seconds? the tingly numbness went away and the right side of my head felt like it was being shot out of a cannon into a brick wall, then scraped off the bricks and shot out of the cannon again, and scraped again, shot again, scraped again...the words I had planned on saying in my usual cheerful-perky professionally-nice manner just sort of trickled and slithered out of my mouth. Scared the shit out of me.
My boss thought I was looking kind of greenish and offered to take me home. I didn't fight her. I spent most of the weekend drifting in and out of a queasy kind of sleep. Finally today I started feeling a little better. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow. They'll probably say it was a "stroke symptom migraine" (if my internet research was accurate) and to avoid (HA!) stress.
It's crazy - my head feels like a dirty pot all scrubbed out with a brillo pad.
anyone else get scary headaches?
But I am looking forward to seeing the doctor because it's taking all my energy to be civil and professional and nice.
Other times it's like an icepick through my head, pinning me underwater to a rotting wrecked ship that keeps moving in the current.
I've never heard about anything specifically called a 'stroke symptom migraine' though I have been to the ED a couple of times when some of the nurses I used to work with thought I was having a stroke and dragged my ass in there and I was too incoherent to explain that if they just gave me a cup of coffee and shut the fuck up for half an hour I'd be OK. Or at least remember my name. And please for the love of god make all those beeping things stop beeping.
Sometimes I get four or five of these a week; sometimes just a couple a month. I've had them since childhood.
For me, taking caffeine and aspirin right away, and generally avoiding salt and trying to get enough sleep and staying the hell out of bright light, and especially flickering light (at any frequency, not just strobes) are the things that help most. I've tried elimination diets, allergy tests, neurological exams, brain scans, EEGs, ophthalmological exams, acupuncture, and every kind of pharmaceutical intervention that comes along. Most of which have had side effects that are far far worse & longer lasting than the migraines ever get.
Good luck, and always investigate new manifestations of things.
And no, you wouldn't necessarily know if it were an actual stroke, but I don't think you'd be able to look at the monitor and type.
Hope you're doing better today.
I was trying to google "stroke symptom migraine" with no success.
but it does sound like what you had falls within migraine symptoms. pins-and-needles numbness, one-sided headache and all.
meh. Not Fun.
I mean, if it were a full-on stroke I'd know it for sure, yes?
No, actually. Quite a lot of people who have serious strokes actually have a SERIES of strokes. The first one can be easily dismissed as something else.
I had some random nerve fuckery in one of my arms once and didn't go to the doctor until three days later. He went ballistic at me and said that the worst thing you can do to put yourself at risk of a massive stroke is to ignore a small stroke.
Hope you're all good. :(
sometimes i find it comforting to just hear from a Voice Of Authority, assuming it's a voice i actually trust.
the crazy thing is, I'm now so likely to get really paranoid over every little itch and twitch. which is stupid.