In May I started realizing that something was not right. More clumsy than usual, problems thinking of simple words, vision, vertigo when driving, headaches, hearing problems. Put it off to stress, as I had just moved, and was commuting four hours a day to train for my new job. Then after driving to work one day, I was so dizzy I could barely walk, I threw up and just sat for a long time. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with psuedo tumor cerebri, but had thought it was all behind me now. Sure enough, after a few doctor visits, eye exams, a ct scan, and a lumbar puncture....it's back.
My first go around with this disorder, I was 27, married, and stayed at home. I remember hating the diamox, and having visual problems for about a year. This go around, I am 37, divorced and work a high stress job 50-55 hours a week. What I don't remember from the first time is feeling like crap, day after day. I am finding it almost impossible to make it a full day at work. And when I am there I feel like a zombie, just barely going through the motions. I am tired, I feel stupid because I can not remember the simplest of tasks or speak in complete sentences. There are days that I feel okay, and even that is maddening because then I think am I just going crazy? There is nothing wrong! After the lumbar puncture, prescribing Diamox, and the swelling being reduced in the optic nerve, I am not scheduled to see the doctors for a few months. I have not been having the headaches, so I'm assuming my spinal pressure is okay.
So why do I feel so bad???