- CASE FILE
My cognitive abilities have declined drastically, and I have severe pressure in my head and face.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
At the beginning of February, I started eating what felt like normal headaches. I brushed them off and told my self I must have been stressed, even though I wasn't. The headaches got more sever and eventually, after about a month and a half, my cognitive abilities started to slip. I was realizing that I could not make sense of or remember what I was learning in class, and my speech became effected as words came less fluently to me. I started sounding like English was my second language. I can still write well, and I can read fine as long as I read in my head; once I put air into words or thoughts then things get sticky and difficult.
It became near impossible to keep up with the information coming to me during classes, and anything I manage to understand will be forgotten latter; therefore it was difficult to do my assignments and I had to put school n pause to figure out what was going on.
I have moved back home with my parents because I can not maintain my normal day to day life. I do not drive because my ability to process the actions around me is too slow. I speak less and keep my overall activity level minimal because I get terribly exhausted very easily with physical and mental activity. Particularly, mental activity such as critical thinking makes my symptoms worst. The more I think, the worst my head gets.
I have been told that I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension after my lumber puncture showed very high pressure. All of my scans and blood test have come back normal. Doctors agree that my symptoms don't exactly match the diagnosis, but the don't know what else it could be. I have taken countless prescription medications and none have worked. I have worked with countless doctors and none know what to do.
I am seeking help because I don't know what else to do! I have gone from being a Dean's List student to laying on my parents couch. I have been dealing with this for 6 months now and have gotten nowhere. Please help, I need my life back!