Hi, my name is Patty. I'm a 25-year-old, wife and mother of two. Originally from Pennyslvania, I've been living in Ohio since 2009. I look forward to getting to know you all better.This is my [abridged] IH story.
In high school, I was a student-athlete. I never knew why when I practiced, got my heart rate really going, my vision would get so blurry. I assumed it happened to everyone. I know now that it didn't.
My "formal" introduction to Intracranial Hypertension came in 2005. During a routine exam, my optometrist noticed the indicative swelling of both of my optic nerves. I was young, in college, newly married, and pregnant. Needless to say, I was pretty naive to what this disorder had in-store for me. Of course, I learned quickly.
My eye doctor had suggested the swelling might be due to my pregnancy, but he referred me to an ophthalmologist anyways. I was about to leave for vacation that year and was busy beyond belief, so I cancelled that appointment and didn't reschedule.
A year later, back at the same eye doctor, he stopped mid-exam and asked, "Um, you're not pregnant again, are you?" I wasn't and wondered why he had asked. It was because my optic nerves were still
Time to visit that ophthalmologist who later confirmed my eye doctor's suspicion about my papilledema. The next few months brought a spinal tap and a visit to one of those fancy pants neuro-ophthalmologists.
I was on Diamox for nearly a year, although it never really helped my migraines. I hate pills.
In 2007, I became pregnant with my second child, so I made the decision to stop taking my prescription. By the third trimester, I was symptom free. I mostly stayed that way for two years.
Late last year, I decided that, after two kids, it was time to get myself back in shape. I took up running and weight training and an overall more active, healthy lifestyle. That's when it hit me. My symptoms came back!
So here I am, back to the regular migraines, the vision woes, the achy neck, and all that "good" stuff. Lucky me, right?