I am new to the forums and we are still in the air as to if I am
having seizures or migraines with associated anxiety attacks. An EEG was
scheduled and I had it done today. They did the strobe light and had me breath
heavy for three minutes. The tech was very good about explaining everything and
asked me a lot of questions regarding what kind of symptoms I was having. He
told me I might see images during the strobe part and that I might get some
tingling and light headed during the breathing part. Everything was going fine till
he did the strobe light. I was trying to relax and the second he turned each
cycle on I would jump and by the end I was in tears. I had an overwhelming
feeling of terror, not just being a little scared. It was like some deep fear mechanism.
I knew there was nothing to fear and that somehow the flashing lights were
causing it (I have always been sensitive to this type of thing, even some
patterns drive me crazy) but my heart started racing and my head was
wanting to explode. I wanted to tell him to stop but couldn't even manage that.
No matter how much I tried to relax I couldn't. I was so incredibly thirsty
during the breathing part that it was difficult to breathe through my mouth and
by that time I was shiver and almost trembling. I couldn't get my muscles to
relax and felt terrible out of it by the time he turned the light. The tech did
ask me how I felt about the flashing lights while he was taking the sensors off
and I told him that I simply can't stand flicker/flashing lights like that.
Is this a normal response to the test? I wasn't expecting anything even
close to the way I felt during the monitoring and he didn't say anything about
having strange emotions pop up. I should have the results back by tomorrow or Monday
because he said he wanted to get the report straight to the doctor. I will post
back with more info but would like to know others experiences with this type of
Edit: I may have posted this in the wrong spot, bear with meI'm new :)
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