For a long time now, I've been searching and searching for a diagnosis. I have tingling on the left side of my face, that can be mild to severe, with or without pain, that marches down my arm. My left side goes numb. I have extremely poor word recall, confusion, dizziness, vertigo, migraines, temporary dyslexia, and obscured vision. Now, after 25 years of bookkeeping, there are many occasions that I'm not sure if I've gotten the right change.
My illness is named hemiplegic migraines. My illness has stolen my life. I can no longer perform my job, I can no longer drive, I have sold everything I own. I have had to move myself and my daughter into my mother's home, and now sleep on a mattress on the floor in her guest room. I have become ashamed and embarrass, when I was once confident and accomplished. Even though she is 15, I'm afraid that I will lose my daughter because I can no longer provide a home for her. I think that she is having just as hard of a time with as I am.
Yes, a diagnosis of hemiplegic migraines can be overwhelming. You need to make lifestyle changes and start treatment with medications like calcium channel blockers and topiramate. Other supplements like magnesium and vitamin B are also thought to be helpful. In times of stress like this counseling will help you and your daughter adapt better to the diagnosis. You could take up part time jobs once your symptoms are more in control. Discuss other career options and how you can lead a near normal life—both with your doctor and your therapist. Take care!
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