Re: migraine headache with aura
younggranny: Be careful. This sounds hormone related. It could be TIA's, seizures, or a different type of epilepsy called Catamenial Epilepsy. Keep track of when they're happening. I've developed this Catamenial Epilepsy and it's due to Estrogen Dominance.
The seizures happen right after the full moon and new moon. This kind of epilepsy can start at puberty or menopause. I had 3 cousins, all sisters, who had these issues. One had the seizures starting at puberty and one had migraines right before her period and she said they all went away once menopause was over.
I know several people who live near me that have these. Young and old. Some of the triggers to look for are MSG, caffeine, fluorescent lights, lack of sleep, EMF's, cell phones, cordless phones, the sun, smells, cleaning chemicals, cigarette smoke, perfume,
loud noises, loud music, crowded places.
I wouldn't be on the BCP at 50! Too many risks. You shouldn't be able to get pregnant now. Have a full hormone study done to see if you've got too much estrogen. If you do you might be able to benefit from some progesterone cream. Have an endocrinologist do it for you if your gyno or PCP won't. Go the hormone route before you see a neurologist because all they are going to do is prescribe a seizure med for you. However, it might not be a bad idea to have an EEG and an MRI to make sure there aren't any tumors or anything in the brain that could be causing these episodes. It was just on TV yesterday about these cell phones causing brain cancer, tumors and seizures.
It's nothing to fool with. Be careful if you're driving. I crashed my car last year after having a seizure behind the wheel. Now I can't get my license back until I'm 6 mo. seizure free. It's all menopause related. It could be 10 years before this all ends!
I'm here to help and willing to answer any questions you might have. Good luck.