My 1st attack happened in 2002, when I was 59 yrs old, and lasted for nearly a year. It then cleared up, remaining undiagnosed and has not affected me since then. It was the worst year of my life. During that time I had two brain scans, blood tests,ECG & Exercise ECG, and a barium meal, all of which were normal.
Generally feeling very ill indeed.
Extreme nausea laying accross the top left of my stomach.
Feeling sick & tight in the throat and bringing up food.
Palms of hands and inside of arms painful, sometimes lose any movement in one hand for a few minutes.
Soles of feet and backs of legs painful, affecting balance.
Severe shortage of breath, normally worse in the morning.
Headaches (a) Neuralgia-type pain in left of head,(painful to touch) (b)inside brain in back left of head.(c) Nausea in head.
NB. The nausea and headaches are left only.
I now appear to be having a 2nd attack and most of the time feel very ill indeed, but do have days when I feel almost normal. Jolting exercise mainly above the waist ( such as using shears) will certainly bring on the nausea, then the headache, then the rest of the symptoms, which might last anything between two days and a month before returing to a reasonably bearable level. Slow, smooth exercise such as walking leaves me unaffected. The worst thing anyone could do to me would be to shake me up!. When I am at my worst, any of the symptoms can be dominant.
Eating and drinking will lessen the nausea, if only for short while,No painkillers seem to have any affect.
My feeling is that somehow there is a restriction of blood/oxygen to the left of my brain.
I stress that none of the above have happened between attacks.