Hi I'm Amy
I'm 27 years old, living in England and was diagnosed with IIH on Valentines Day this year.
Diagnosis came as a massive shock to us as unlike most iih sufferers, I was only getting what I perceived to be mild headaches, which I've had for years but the doctors always had an answer (ie. the contraceptive pill etc). It was only when I went for a routine eye test at the persistence of my hubby that the opticians found I had large papilledemas, I was admitted to hospital 2 hours later, and told that they were actively looking for a brain tumour. After all the obvious tests including 5 lumbar punctures over 48 hours, the neurologists diagnosed me with IIH.
You would think it would all be pretty much straight forward after diagnosis however I was 14 weeks pregnant at the time which pretty much ruled out any medication, (currently 21 weeks) I am on limited pain relief so am having to struggle through without very much help at all. My Obstetrician and neurologist are currently in talks whether or not I will be able to have a natural birth if the paps haven't gone down, in case one of them ruptures! So everything is very much in the air at the moment. Not really 100% sure what's going on, haven't really been able to find much out, hence why I'm here,
Since my lps, my headaches have gotten dramatically worse, and I have started getting whooshing noises behind my ears and in my neck, I have started having double-vision and blackouts. None of these symptoms were present when I went for my eye test. Has anyone else had this?
The upshot is, I'm not allowed to be ill.... I have an amazing 4 year old and a 3 year who mean the world to me, a husband who is my rock and who I couldn't be going through this without, I have a great job, I was attending uni part time and I have a baby on the way.... believe me, I don't really get the time to have headaches etc... they do say God has a good sense of humour... I also have fantastic support from my family and very close friends, although I haven't made it common knowledge as yet, still trying to get my own head around it all
Anyways, just thought I'd say hi,
Love Amy xxx