Date: 2009-05-20 12:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] iconoplast
Yeah. When they first started, most doctors insisted that they had to be migraines (once they decided that it wasn't my retinas detaching). The funniest part of that is that I used to get migraines and still do maybe once a year. I get visuals with those too, but that one is more like seeing sheet lightning. Aside from the vague concept of "extra light" they're nothing alike, but that never stopped any of the inept doctors from insisting that they understood how migraines would be for me better than I could ever hope to. It's a similar cause physiologically, I'll give them that -- most of my symptoms are ultimately caused by blood failing to get to my brain due to impaired vasoconstriction. So it's kind of like a migraine, but I would have thought the total lack of associated headache might have been a clue for them that something else was going on.

I'm quite glad too, on both of our counts. I hadn't put on too much weight with this (about 35 lbs) but I've already lost close to 10 in the last 2-3 weeks without any change in activities, so that's heartening. A diagnosis is such a lovely thing.
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