Epilepsy and Migraines

This may be a strange post for this Blog however God is good and all ills can but produce good. Empathy, Sympathy,anger,even grief, each one play their part in the formation of the Soul.

Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

I have been ill over this past week, a kind of falling where my legs become as if paralysed for up to three hours, furthermore I experience double vision and a crown of thorns headache. This has been occurring over a three year period; the first time coincided with the commencement of another trial drug for my epilepsy, it was Perampanel (sold under the trade name Fycompa – almost immediately I began to experience symptoms similar to those above, so we withdrew the drug.

Over the next few years I began to experience the same events – without Perampanel and deduced that something else was happening. It had happened twice while out with a Care Worker and twice last year while at home.

It wasn’t until this past fortnight when I experienced the incidents on several occasions – sometimes several times a day, that my Neurologist and me came to a possible conclusion.

Those with epilepsy over the age of of 60 have the possibility of developing migraines – and I am luck enough (not) to be one of them.These may be Ictal or Postictal or may take the place of a Simple Partial Seizures and or accompany it.

As yet I have been too busy trying to remain upright and to see straight as to notice whether or not I am having a seizure of any kind. These latest episodes left me so weak that I slept for two days.

Today I visited my neurologist who gave me two cortisone injections just below my skull on each side of my head. Must wait a few hours to see whether they take.


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