I have been diagnosed with silent migraines, migraines with no pain. Had one severe migraine when I was 16 lost vision with pain, put me in the hospital, and then nothing for 16 years until 6 months ago. Im now 32. These migraines are very strange, I will get numbness somwhere on my left side, the first one I had, my left side of my face went numb, and sometimes my arm, or half my tounge or nose. The worst part is the way it made me feel, when it first started, I had the worst feeling of panic and anxiety, I could not sit still, I kept walking around, my wife would ask what is wrong, and I would say, I dont know, I just dont feel right, I feel like I'm dying. I tried to sleep it off, I woke up all night with diaharea, panic, numbness, and chest pains and indigestion. I though maybe I was having a heart attack. Went to the doctor the next day, and he first diagnosed me with anxiety, but after going over my history of migraines, and all other symtoms, he sent me to a neurologist who diagnosed me with silent migraines. All the tests, EEG ,EKG, MRI, all came back normal. I have never had anxiety or worried about anything, I'm almost certain that migraines can cause anxiety, and wonder if anyone else has experienced this. I can see it being assumed that someone with a painful migraine would be anxious or panic because of the severe pain they are experiencing, or know they are about to experience. But with my migraine, there is no pain, and it causes me the worst panic ever. I now have to try to calm myself down when I start to feel the numbness coming on but it is very difficult sometimes, I'm now afraid I will have a full blown panic attack every time I experience my migraine symtoms. It is affecting my life in a bad way. I havent had any bad ones lately, but have been getting more chest pains with my facial numbness and symptoms are almost daily lately. Wish this would all just go away and I could get back to normal.
Published On: May 12, 2009