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Forum Name: Diseases of the Aorta

Question: head and vascular problems undiagnosed


 Dallas girl - Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:38 pm

I am a very healthy 43 yr old woman. 2 months ago diagnosed w/ hypho-thyroidism. Thyroid tested 2 times lower than normal levels. Had full vaginal hysterectomy 5 weeks ago w/ general anesthesia.

Family history- father died at 49 of conjestive heart failure, he also had diabetes & high blood pessure. mother had corroted (sp?) artery disease and had her left CA operated on, and an artery in her left leg. She also has hypothyroid. One brother w/ 2 brain tumors (both benign), 2 brothers have had stints, one brother at 47 was already diagnosed w/ conjestive heart failure & had by-pass surgery. One sister w/ diabetes & hypothyroid. Current meds 150 mgs of Buproprion (generic Wellbutrin) & 75 mcgs of Synthroid.

I am a healthy 43 yr old. Work out 6 days a week before my hysterectomy. Original surgery scheduled Oct 16th. Week before I had an uler appear in my mouth. Days later the lymph nodes around my left jaw swelled up. Surgery postponed until 10/23. The evening after my surgery I started having pressure in the back lower left side of my head...that has continued for 5 weeks now, along w/ head aches in that area only, pressure behind my left eye, sometimes pressure deep down in my left ear. This Sat morning, I woke up at 4:00 am w/ a migrain type head ache just in that lower left quadrun. I took a prescription Alieve (which I had for my pain relief from surgery). Hour later I finally laid back down, rolled onto my left side and my eyes started immediately jerking uncontrollably from left to right. I rolled back on my back and it went away after 30 secs or so. 5 mins later, I rolled on my left side again and it did it agian. By Sat at 6:00 am, that whole back left section of my head felt as if I had been hit by a baseball bat. I was in bed until 2:00. This morning, out of the blue, my nose started bleeding just on the left side. I immediately called my Dr to report both incidents. They did an MRI and CAT scan on Fri. The results showed some small white spots on my brain. My Dr said he wasn't concerned. ??!! He said that, it could be caused by many things like high blood pressure. My blood pressure has Always run very low,. He also said high cholesterol could cause it. My cholesterol is low from working out. Then he said migraines could cause it. My first migraine was Sat morning, after the MRI and CAT scan were done. Then he said that mini strokes could cause it, but he didn't think it was that. ?? Not sure how he could rule that out with all of the symptoms. Later today, my left arm got very cold while the rest of my body was regular temp. Yet another bizzare symptom on my left side. After I get my MRA results tomorrow and enzyme and CBC results, I am going to a new Dr. I have an appt w/ an ENT next week. Will soon schedule w/ a neurologist. I feel like I need to see a vascular specialist. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. This has been very scary and frustrating. Thank you, MJ
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:52 pm

User avatar Hi Dallas Girl,

My initial thought in reading your symptoms was that this is a complex migraine. This is still possible. Other possibilities include a labrynthitis (inflammation of the balance centers of your ear) causing the problem with your eyes, a viral illness, and basically all the things your doctor had suggested.

The MRA will help answer some of these questions. Seeing the ENT doctor is a good idea. You may also want to see a neurologist.

Follow up with your doctor is important.

Best wishes.

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