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cognitive impairment attacks

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 8, 2006
  • 02:53 PM

Hi there

I don't know where to direct this to but I thought I'd see if anyone here has a clue what my condition might be.

I have had 6 occurences of an attack which lasts averagely a few hours. There is usually a warning before the attack which feels like pressure on my left temporal area and makes me feel unfamiliar with walking and sometimes talking, as well as a general sense of "wrongness" in my thinking: this can last a number of hours. This process speeds up and leads to a compulsive thinking which is inexorable, lasting maybe 30 mins to 1 hour.

The next stage is a fast cycle of visual agnosia, visual hallucinations, complete loss of thought and loss of speech. These symptoms "rotate" in my mind so that I can look at something one second and know it and talk about it, and then a few seconds later i cannot talk about or even recognise the object in front of me; the hallucinations appear randomly. Well the cycle usually speeds up enough to knock me out, or slows down enough so that I can sleep.

Sleep has always cured the symptoms, and, as I found out today, even a small amount of sleep will stop them developing any further. The triggers for these events are notably sleep deprivation, alcohol abuse (even as much as 5 pints), and cannabis (only tried this once since the attacks started).

One more thing to consider, if you will, is that the attacks have started since 2001, but i have had 2 in the last 3 months, and would have had one today if I hadn't have slept when I did.

All ideas would be much appreciated. I had an EEG scan today which apparently shows no physiological damage, so epilepsy is probably not the cause.

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  • I have had symptoms similar to this and as strange as it sounds they were caused by migraines! Most migrains are caused by rapid constriction and relaxation of blood vessels which cause the extreem pain. My migraines, however, were caused by only constriction which caused loss of speech, vision and cognitive problems. My doctor gave me a vasodialator and whenever I feel symptoms coming on, I take my meds. It has worked wonders!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 02:51 AM
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  • Thanks very much for that - I will certainly look into migraines! :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 00:54 AM
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