Hi all. I just registered and this is my first post.
About two years ago I started experiencing severe migraines and visual disturbances. I get zigzag patterns that obscure the center of my field of vision and they persist for about 5 minutes each. That's how it started. I've read that this is fairly common so I ignored it until I started to manifest other more serious symptoms. Vertigo, loss of sensation in lower extremities, limb weakness, difficulty breathing, mild muscle spasms, brain fog.
At the same time, I appeared to have a chronic cough that I believe is unrelated to the symptoms I mentioned above. Just prior to that I also had a case of shingles, and I should mention that it was the second time within a year. I was told that it was extremely rare. I felt perpetually ill. I would sometimes feel as if the back of my throat was burning and the pain was excruciating. I did a full blood test and found nothing significant. I did a scope. I had GERD. But no H Pylori.
I had a chest CT scan because of the chronic cough. Found nothing. I was also depressed, and most of the physicians I spoke to believe a lot of my symptoms were psychosomatic. I didn't go for a brain scan.
My symptoms persisted for about 6 months before eventually subsiding. I wasn't on any medication, but I had started trying a variety of supplements and alternative therapies. I never found out what the real problem was.
It's now been approximately two years since. For the most part I appear healthy. No changes in weight exceeding 3kg. No changes in appetite. But about three weeks ago I started having visual disturbances again. This time it's a little different because the migraines are mostly absent. In addition to 'zigzag heatwaves', I would get these brief white flashes at the periphery of vision. These flashes are usually accompanied by a kind of dull pain that I can't quite describe. It makes me wince.
I'm concerned and am hoping somebody here is able to point me in the right direction.