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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 12, 2009
  • 03:05 AM

Headache that is centered in eye switches between left and right eyes; major eye pain; visual disturbance during eye pain (cloudy, double, and/or blacked-out); tingling sensation on left side of body (including face); muscle weakness on left side of body; electric shock feeling in head when startled; left foot muscle tightens and curls up; bear weight on the left side of body by standing on outside of foot; restless legs; muscle twitching (painless); leg pain that feels kind of like I'm being poked by something kind of pointy in my hamstring; recurs periodically (no specified time period); lasts from days to weeks; diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia in February 2007; newest symptom of chest pain that feels like my ribs are crushing me and worsens with deep breaths; no sign of heart or lung problems; taking Adderall, methylphenidate, Seasonale, and Xyrem; blood pressure and heart rate are fine 110/64-ish and 70-ish; head CT in 05/2009 showed nothing, head MRI in 02/2005 showed nothing, blood tests show no problems. All this started before I started taking any medications. At this point, no doctor goes further. I am stuck because I need somebody to take me seriously. I have a hard time expressing what the problem is because it comes and goes, I have trouble describing it, and it's hard to pinpoint when and how it starts. Any help on what I can do to get this diagnosed. I'm frustrated because I'm not getting answers and I don't know what to do, and I'm scared of what it could be. Oh, I almost forgot. In 2007, when I was being tested for my sleepiness, I requested a mental health assessment, and after several sessions, there were no issues found.


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  • Yes, I'm on birth control. Currently, it is Seasonale. Still, I started having symptoms before I started on any medication, so I don't consider it a factor. I know the side effects of my medications, and I'm certain they are not the cause. I have trouble remembering things, and I should have added all of this to the original post. I do apologize, and I appreciate all you are trying to help. I am going to call my doctor again to see if he'll give me a referral to a neurologist. Thanks.
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