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8 years ago I suffered a brain injury. The only lasting effects have been random memory blanks; wherein for 5-15 min I experience teporary amnesia, not knowing who or where I am or what I'm doing; and occasional migraines. I also have family history of epilepsy. I'm wondering if any of this could be related to a new symptom I developed recently.
I've begun experiencing a strange periodic pressure in my skull. It feels as though my brain is squeezed with the pressure 'rolling' through my skull. It always starts on the crown of my head, shifts down to cover the back of my head before rolling forward stopping behind my eyes before dissapating entirely. It isn't painful just uncomfortable. At most it lasts about 45 seconds in total though it is often only 15-20 seconds in duration. It causes mild balance loss during and for about 5-10 seconds after. I usually pause what I am doing during an episode so I'm not certain if it impares judgement or cognition. I can talk during an episode.


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replied October 12th, 2009
Epilepsy Answer A7506
The feeling you reported (starts on the crown of head, shifts down to cover the back of head before rolling forward stopping behind eyes before dissipating entirely), as well as the previous history of brain injury and family history of epilepsy might indicate that you are experiencing a mild form of epilepsy.


Temporal lobe epilepsy is one of the possible forms. However, please do not despair until complete diagnostics are done, because you did not mention the most characteristic symptom of epilepsy which is seizures. The diagnostic procedures would involve: anamnesis, a physical examination, and an EEG (electroencephalogram). An EEG is used to detect the abnormalities in the brain cell activities by registering the changes in the electric charges on the surface of the head where electrodes are placed.


You might want to visit a neurologist for further diagnostics and treatment.


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