I am a male who suffers from migraines. I am 35 and suffered since I was approx. 18. Symptoms of the migraine coming on usually include numbness in my right hand and a feeling of non-clarity usually with eye sight (darkening, spots) and a feeling of almost out-of-body--not being connected. That's when I take the 10 mg of Toradol. Honestly, I don't know if it works.
I am on another perscription of propranolol, which I recently discovered can be used for migraines although I was taking it for anxiety.
When the migraine comes on, it usually comes on quickly--within a half hour or so. It gets scary. Along with the stabbing headache behind the eyes, I suffer from stroke-like symptoms including not being able to form sentences and having trouble understanding what people are talking about. I can't figure out simple tasks like trying to email someone or even to call someone for help. I KNOW what I want to do, but I can't do it. It has nothing to do with the physical aspect, however, it's a brain connection that is affected. I can barely even speak. I can't remember names or birthdays, etc. Sometimes I have vomiting.
Last time this happened my family took me to the hospital and I had a gammut of tests run including the MRI, spinal tap, CT scan, etc. They ruled out all the nasty things such as stroke, spinal menengitis, tumour, and others. And said, yes, it's migraines.
While I'm happy I didn't suffer from a stroke, I am no farther ahead with the severity of these migraines. The neurologist I saw in the hospital suggested I double up my propranolol dose from 80 mg to 160 (12 hr apart) and continue taking the Toradol when I felt something coming on. My family doctor prescribed 120 mg thinking I may tire on the 160.
For the last couple of weeks I've been taking the 120 mg, but am still having "episodes" where I feel funny--the vision thing especially and the out-of-body feeling of the migraine coming on. I've had to leave work, etc, but I have not had another full-on migraine. I do not see the neurologist until December 19, so I am only trying to survive on the info. I was told in the hospital and by my family doctor.
This is getting long, so I'll ask my questions:
- what medications do you suggest for the symptoms and migraines I've described? what kind of migraine do you think this can be classified as?
- Is it wise to take 160 mg of the propranolol as a preventative?
- Are there other preventative drugs to take?
- The loss of speech and understanding is scary as hell. This time I didn't feel like I was going to come back from it, though I was told I always will. Is this true??
- Also, since I got out of the hospital a couple of weeks ago, my circulation has been off (right hand mostly); it feels like the blood-flow isn't the same as before. It feels weird. Any suggestions?
Please help! I am so sick of worrying everyday whether "it is happening again..."