My daughter is a 39-year-old breast cancer survivor. Lately she's been experiencing dizziness, blurred vision, and pressure in the back of her head for several weeks. Now she's experiencing tingling and numbness in her hands and backs of calves. An MRI & MRA were negative, and now she's being treated for chronic migraines. With her history of cancer, would you attempt to rule out a reoccurance before labeling her with migraines?
All of the symptoms you list could be Migraine with the exception of tingling and numbness in the backs of the calf. I've never heard of that being associated with Migraine. Is there any history of Migraines, "sick headaches," or sinus headaches in the family? Migraine is genetic, so checking the family history would be helpful.
If I were in your daughter's place, yes, I'd be insisting that return of the cancer be ruled out.
There's an article that lists the possible phases of a Migraine attack and their symtoms that might be helpful to you. Take a look at Anatomy of a Migraine.
Rita, your daughter shouldn't hesitate to get a second opinion if she's not sure of her diagnosis. With her history and current symptoms, consulting a Migraine specialist couldn't hurt. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.
I hope all goes well for your daughter,
Check iron levels and b12. Had all this a long time ago, still couldn't tell you what I had .. there were a lot of different symptoms .. but eventually got through the anaemia, had b12 injections, still do .. possibly suffered from fibyromyalgia too ...