Deja vu, drop in blood pressure, headache - seizure or Migraine?

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    Since July of 2006, I have been experiencing very strange visual sensations (deja vu - seeing repetitive visions of experiences or thoughts regarding insignificant people that I have known in my life as well as physiological changes (a perceived drop in blood pressure, face paling, etc.) during numerous very short 20 to 30 second episodes. These episodes occur 4 to 5 times a year - usually seasonal and I experience about 10 -15 of them over the course of 2 days or so each time. A headache usually precedes them as does a change in my taste buds (things are tasteless or metallic tasting for a couple of days). After the episodes begin to wane (very few after a day or so), I experience a heightened sense in everything (an alertness, a heightened awareness of life). I went to see a neurologist a couple of years ago and he felt they were a type of migraine. I am experiencing them today (it's a weirdness I find difficult to explain but at times they are very fear provoking). I am very conscious of them but I fear I may at some point have one that causes me to pass out. For the past 4 years, I have been able to still talk and continue on with what I've been doing during these episodes (as the weird wave of strangeness passed). I felt they might be a type of seizure but the neurologist felt that was not the case. Has anyone else ever experienced this type of migraine? Gail.

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    Dear Gail;

     

    I would suggest a high-grade EEG read by a board-certified EEG reader, of which there are not many (6% of neurologists). Seizures and Migraines have been associated in young folks, but even in adults they can co-occur. Any history of brain injury or concussion in your past?.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: November 20, 2010