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I began having vision issues with a severe daily migraine at the beginning of last year (2018). I went to my general practice doctor, and she recommended, based on my symptoms, to see a neurologist. I had to wait for my insurance to cover me (about 4 months,) and it continued to get worse.
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I finally got in to see the Neurologist, and she found that my eyes were severely swollen. She had me see a neuro-ophthalmologist who confirmed that I had Papilledema and diagnosed me with IIH. My neurologist wanted to perform a Lumbar Puncture to confirm. Less than a week later, I got an emergency LP with an opening pressure of 36. This is considered high pressure and confirms increased pressure.
We began treatment, and my vision continued to get worse. I tried several meds at several dosages, and finally, after a second LP, my Papilledema had gone down significantly, and my migraines had become less frequent and more manageable. While I continue to have high pressure and newer symptoms, it’s nice to understand and know that some things will work, even if just for temporary relief.
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The cause of the increased pressure is unknown, but my Neurologist suspects hormones from birth control. We’ve changed my BC to see if it helps, but in the meantime, I continue to have migraines and new and worsening symptoms (neck pain). It’s been a ride, for sure, but I hope to get answers soon and have full control over this condition.