So for the past two years I have experienced episodes that are near-fainting. I have been in the hospital four times for them, about 7 weeks in total. Lots of ER visits, too.
It started really badly back in February of 2014. I experienced an episode of dizziness where my limbs tingled, my heart raced, I got really weak and could not move from the chair I was in. I was on Skype with my SO and he said that he could see my face get really tired and flushed before it happened, and I couldn't talk to him once it started. I kind of slumped into my chair and got really dizzy, I guess. Afterwards, I got extremely tired and fell asleep on the couch.
I continued to have episodes like that and was hospitalized because of POTS and these episodes. In the hospital, I confused the doctors with my episodes.
The one episode I can describe fully happened like this, and most happen exactly like this.
I felt off, like something was wrong. My heart started to race, and the room started to "pulse" around me, then my chest and limbs got tight. I felt like I was going to pass out, like I wasn't in the room with my body. I felt dizzy and like my head and heart were going to just stop or explode. I was really weak and could not form words properly, my sentences were staggered and slow. At times I could yell out words, but it was always in a panic like "help". My breathing got really fast, and I couldn't slow it. Near the middle I began to shake, like I had been out in the cold. Violent shivering that I couldn't stop. It lasted about 10 minutes, then afterwards I was really weak and dizzy. I wanted a popsicle, but fell asleep while eating it. The nurse had to shake me awake and take it from me. I slept for a few hours then woke up feeling a lot better.
Most of these episodes happened the same way, with the extreme weakness and fatigue right after.
I was diagnosed with multiple things, but never tested with EEG or anything. I was tested for adrenaline disorders, pheochromocytoma, amongst others. But nothing came up. No MS, no anything on an MRI. Normal heart 100%, barring the tachycardia.
The reason I am asking about these, is because I was recently diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine that is most likely familial hemiplegic migraine, as my mother gets similar headaches. I personally got severe stroke-like symptoms. As I was reading up, I found out that complex partial seizures can happen with this migraine disorder.
I would like to know if anyone has experience with these and could shed some light on whether they think these "episodes" could be seizures?