9/17/07 #3 - Prolonged post aura type symptoms?

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    Is it possible to get prolonged post aura type symptoms such as expressive aphasia and difficulty with walking up to 10 days post severe headache? All ancillary tests done such as CT scan, MRI/MRA were negative for bleed. I do have a history of small 1.3 cm left parietal meningioma. I'm left handed.

     

    Prior to this incident I had 1-1/2 week history of persistent headache not relieved with analgesics as well had developed left sided otitis media. Was on Neurontin daily for control traction type headaches. Have now been switched to amitriptyline and more likely will be put on Depakote. Was advised by my neurologist was more likely Migrainous/vascular incident atypical in nature. Have you ever come across someone else with any long standing post aura symptoms? Thanks, Mary.

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    Dear Mary;

     

    I have not come across any patient with prolonged symptoms lasting as long as the ones you described after a headache has ended. We call this a postdrome. Most of the time, a postdrome consists of tiredness, aching muscles, fatigue, sleepiness, and can be associated with confusion and cognitive difficulty. Some postdromes can last up to two days. I am not sure what you experienced.
     

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: September 16, 2007