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The Diagnosis

Sunday, December 07, 2008

So at long last I'm going to share with you what the medical staff finally discovered about probably the most terrifying episodes in my life, little did I know how life threatening all of this was. When the phone call came, I was actually having a pretty decent day. Mom had helped me get some Christmas shopping done and now we were in the kitchen baking cookies and melting chocolate squares down for fudge, pretty stereotypical for the season right? I detected the sense of urgency in my doctor's voice immediately as he wanted to discuss the results with me in his office.

Mom stayed at the house with the kids even though I could certainly tell that she wanted to go. My blood pressure was still high when my husband and I arrived at my impromptu appointment, but at 150/101 it was much better than it had been in days past..a good sign that the topamax was doing it's job. When the doctor entered he was smiling, things were looking up for me, he asked me if I'd like to see some of the images. It's an eerie feeling looking at your own brain, but I digress.

No tumor! I probably could've done cartwheels however I knew there was a "but" coming. Sure enough, there was a suspicious little spot that couldn't have been any bigger than the tip of my pinky. Are you ready for this? He suspected blood clots, potentially lethal traveling through my brain would explain both the migraines and the clotted mess that was coming out of my nose. Okay fantastic! Now we had a cause for the pain, but in order to treat that we had to find out another 'why'.

Mom didn't flip out as I had expected her to. Instead, she sat down at the computer and started doing research. There was only one thing that had changed about me prior to the migraines, and that was that I had started taking a specific type of birth control that (as we found out) had been linked to the deaths of several young women across the country from blood clots. I took myself off of it immediately.

I'm still not sure whether she was right or wrong, nor was my primary doctor or my gynecologist. No one else was ever able to find any other explanation. I just assume that this was more likely than not...

I haven't had any migraines in exactly one year.
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    Holy metal, batman!!
    4057 days ago
    How totally bizarre..........and how darned lucky you were for it not to have progressed to anything much worse. So how is your B/P since being off that particular med? And thank God for your mother!! I'd say you have some powerful guardian angels! Wow.....I'm gonna miss this cliffhanger now! LOL
    4057 days ago
  • PSALM22
    Good call. And your tale is sufficient proof for me about that drug, at least in how if affected your metabolism.

    That is the art of medicine. While on average people react a certain way, we each have our idiosyncratic reactions. You, obviously, cannot take that form of birth control while I need to avoid aspartame even though I am not a phenylan-whatever it is on the warning label or I get bad headaches.
    4057 days ago
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