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When I attempted to call my parents for help, but couldn’t figure out how to use my phone- i had to accept, I have a problem.
For years I’ve known that I experience migraines which i would describe as invasive and unusual, having blurred eye sight with pins and needles- but never to this extent.
It was a Sunday, and the first thing I noticed was my eye sight. For me, its like a have someone shining a camera light at the side of my face so all I can see is a curved ray come across my span of vision, cutting off the most left area of my sight.
Then, the throbbing headache starts. It becomes hard to concentrate.
On this occasion my fingers started tingling, then my wrist, then my fore arm- they started feeling numb. Along with this my tongue started to get pins and needles, and my bottom lip on the left side started drooping, almost pulling itself down.
This was new…
This has never happened before…
My instinct was- arm numb, lip drooping, and all on my left side. Is this a stroke? I grabbed my phone but then (along with already having trouble seeing, with the light and words becoming jumbled), I couldn’t read. I could see words on my phone but I didn’t understand them. I could acknowledge there was a phone book symbol but my brain couldn’t tell my hand to press it- and I couldn’t remember what who ‘mum’ was (despite it being saved as ‘mum’). I’d lost all comprehension of words and how they worked. I felt like a 3 year old looking at a book- i knew it meant something but I had no idea what.
I sat, staring at it, confused and increasingly anxious. Why can’t I understand these words? The TV was on the background but what was it saying? I could hear the voices but it didn’t makes sense. What do words mean?!
I have no idea how much time passed. I remember sitting on the floor with my phone next to me but no idea how to work it. Eventually, after an unknown amount of time, i figured out how to call someone.
It rang… but when there was an answer- I didn’t have words. I didn’t know any. I don’t recall the words I used but it was something along the lines of ‘come, need, come’. I was taken to A&E.
By the time I was seen in A&E I was starting to come around. I was talking, still a bit muffled, but I was able to answer questions and move my arm again. My mouth was moving as usual but some pins and needles were still in my tongue and fingers. I felt sick and I had an awful headache.
The I was told- this was a migraine. Now, in the grand scheme of what I thought I was experience, this is NOTHING. I was already wondering how much rehab potential I would have if I had permanent stroke damage, so to hear it was a migraine I was ecstatic! Confused, but ecstatic!
But now I have to come to terms with what this means.
Since this particular event I have spent time reflecting on the ‘smaller’ migraines I have been experiencing and how they have been changing over the years. In typical 20-something year old fashion I hadn’t paid much interest in these events once they had passed- but this time I had to take it more seriously.
I made an appointment with the GP and we spoke about triggers and treatment options, as well as how often I was having them and how they present themselves. Turns out, when I thought about it- I was having a lot of migraines and they had become more severe. Since this realisation I have had several of these events, and since becoming a mother I am much more concerned about my safety, as well as my sons when I experience them. Because, as you just read, I’m not able to look after myself at these points, let alone someone else.
I’ve tried all sorts of weird and wonderful more holistic approaches to treatment, anything from vitamins to acupuncture. None of it has worked for me- so now I’m trying the medication.
Preventative medication is a new path for me, and one which seems difficult to negotiate – as there is no definitive cure, and a lot of self reported ‘this works for me’ methods.
So here’s to the start of my journey into the world of migraine treatment. I’ll let you know how it goes!