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Hi Everyone
I had many of the same symptoms as all of you in 1995. It started with a terrible headache and a weakness in my right arm and leg, and when I woke up in the morning, I had paralysis down my whole right side, my face drooped, as did the corner of my eye. I had slurred speech and my short term memory was so bad I couldn't remember what I was trying to say from the beginning of a sentence to the end of it. Doctors thought I had a stroke, but after an MRI, CATscan, and doppler ultrasound nothing was found. I put it down to stress, and started living healthier, walking great distances and watching what I ate. I was not on anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication at that time.

I had the odd tingling through the years but nothing lasting. Then in November of 2002, I woke up in the middle of the night and my right side of my face was drooping again, and I had some minor tingling in my right arm. I started having problems with drooling out of the right side of my mouth at night. I had some difficulty with blurred vision and some headaches and now chest pain as well. Anyway, Doctors sent me for another MRI. This time they found a bulge in one of the main arteries in my brain where the arteries begin to branch. I am now awating a Angio-CATscan. They have also diagnosed me with sleep apnea. They also discovered that I have a high pressure in my eyes which can result in glaucoma. I am now on anti-anxiety meds. They think I may have a brain aneurism. Its important to note that when I started having my first batch of symptoms in 1995, I was 36 years old. I am now 44. My symptoms are very similar to those of you who have already responded on this bulletin board. I just wanted to share my story with all of you.
I've had this off and on for several months. But mine starts on the right side - around my eye. And my eyeball feels kind of numb - like when it's dilated. But it's not numb to the touch. If it's really bad, the tingling "creepy-crawlies" move back up my forehead and then start surrounding my head. So creepy. The numbness feeling around my eye has almost constantly been there for 2 months, at different stages of discomfort.

My various doctors think it's atypical migraines. Though the pain doc is sending me for biofeedback therapy. We'll see how that goes. I was taking depakote which did seem to help - but I can't take it anymore.

I had an MRI of cervical spine which was fine. The MRI of my brain was ok - he said there is a small spot - right side of my head, that could either be just a space, or some kind of cyst (probably something I was born with). He said we can do another MRI in a year, he wouldn't worry about it at all. But regardless the location of it shouldn't be the cause of these problems.

I am going to have someone else look at the MRI and CT scans just to be safe. They scare me a bit.

I also have major sinus headaches that seem to precede the tingling, most of the time. Anyone else?
I'm a 30 year old graduate student with similiar symptoms. One night after an eight hour long stint on the computer (not a regular occurence)-I started having shooting pain and tingling on my upper back--it got worse--within a few days the skin on my right arm started going numb--eventually I have alternating numbness and tingling in both of my legs--A couple of weeks later I strained my upper back and shoulder and the symptoms worsened, but I was having no problem functioning or teaching classes. I saw a neurologist and he said it was oversensitivity He didn't elaborate on this diagnosis and later told me that he thought I suffered from somatization (essentially he believed that I was subconsciously causing my own symptoms)--by the way he took no tests prescibed me Trazadone. I immediately started having strange side effects- pressure in my head, neck, and chest-he kept me on the medication anyway (I suspect the nurse didn't tell the Dr. about my sideffects). After stopping the medication I felt better for a short time (my original symptoms were never helped or made worse by this medication). The pressure in my head and chest returned and actually became worse after a visit to a chiropractor-- Now I have a tight numb feeling on my forehead, and intense pressure in the back of my head and neck, and strange tingling and itchy sensations in my head. It's always there-never quite goes away although sometimes it gets worse. It is affecting my short term memory and sometimes I also have a difficult time reading- I've had a MRI of my brain and nothing conclusive was found. I've seen two psychologists who have assured me this is not simply stress. They also did not think that it was a psychological problem. My general Dr and new neurologist have tested me for viritually every disease and condition and have found nothing-everything comes back normal. One of my doctors (the others disagree) has suggested that it might be beign intercranial hypertension--but at this point I am reluctant to have a lumbar puncture-I don't really need my head to feel worse. At this point my neurologist is at a loss to explain what is wrong with me. I'm having an MRI of my spine tommorrow-and while I hope they don't find anything-it is horrible to have such strange symptoms without a reason. I'm still working and taking care of my children- most of the time I try to ignore the symptoms and do my best to concentrate. Does anyone have any ideas?





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