Hello, my name is Alicia. Since the begining of October, 2010 I have had severe headaches resembling migraines. I would go to the er and all they would do is medicate with flexeril and vicodin. At one point I had a ct scan and a hemmorhage was ruled out. I went to a neurologist and he put me on topamax. when I finally got to the dose he wanted me on, my face went numb, my lip drooped, and i started drooling on myself. (200mg a day). He decided to just refer me to pain management. Now, I am on lortab and sometimes have to take 3-4 a day (10mg hydrocodone, 500mg acetomeniphen) When I went back to see him to request scans because I was sick of being scared and hoping that one of the 3 doctors I see, he yelled at me. Allow me to explain the othr issues.
I also have joint pain that I can't seem to get any doctor to listen to. My hands shake, slightly, at all times; sometimes when I move my eyes, they hurt; I have problems formulating verbal sentences; also, previously I had a preliminary diagnosis of partial epilepsy without intractable epilepsy. basically, I have problems with my eyes at times. Colors get inverted and objects do a mirror image thing in the odd coloring. Obviously, this induces a panic attack. In early 2009 I had an mri and a eeg. both came back without anything out of the margin of "abnormal", as I am told. this was over a year before the headaches started.
An added note is that I have never had the pleasure of even a "normal" headache beforehand. I am a mother of a 4 year old and I had him vaginally, if this helps. the anesthesiologist (sp?) missed the dural space at least 3 times.
I am also a 24 year old, not severely overweight, but I could lose at least 15 pounds? I am a smoker.
medical background of my faily includes: high cholesterol, both high and low blood pressure, my father has rheumatic arthritis, a form of diabetes (as do several others in my family) and a history of gout, my younger, half sister has many problems including a veinous annomaly in her brain that is the equivalent of an aneurysm and a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung). My mother has MS and a severe potassium deficiency.