Almost one year now I was diagnosed with a Dural Venous Sinus Thrombosis. Which is basically a rare form of a stroke. So, let’s start at the beginning.
I have PCOS….a common diagnosis. The most common way to help it is to regulate your period, what better way to do that than to go on “the pill”, so I did. Two and a half weeks later I am driving, complaining of minor headache. I stop at a gas station, pick up some Tylenol. When I get home, my headache hadn’t gotten any better. I decided to lay down, I’ll sleep this off. I woke up the next day with an excruciating headache. I thought to myself, this is what a migraine must feel like. Since migraines can be hereditary, I didn’t think to much of it since it runs in the family. I was asking friends and family what they do for their migraine headaches. Nothing was working. Everything was only getting worse. The next day I camped out on the couch once again to rest and sleep this off.
I couldn’t take it anymore, I called my mom and had her bring me to the urgent care, they couldn’t help me. The medicine they gave me didn’t do anything to help. I was then taken to the emergency room. I wasnt there very long before I was taken via ambulance to United Hospital.
I spent 14 days in the neuro ICU. I had a breathing tube in. Not a fan. When I passed my breathing test, they took the tube out….only to put it back in an hour later, I could no longer breathe on my own. I was home about 2 weeks, and had to go back.
My vision was starting to get blurry, not a good sign. Turns out I had a blood clot in my behind my eye. I spent another 5 days in the neuro ICU at the University of Minnesota to see the Opthalmology specialist. I was then released home once again. Only to go back, yet again.
This time it was for blood transfusions. Since I was on blood thinners I had to be careful about cutting myself. Well, I’m a 28(then 27) female. The worst thing that could happen…happened. I got my period. My hemoglobin went from 9.5, to 6.8 in a very short amount of time. I needed to blood transfusions to get caught up.
The culprit for all of this…. The birth control pills. I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone, for any reason.
I am asking for money so I can finally feel relieved. These medical bills are ridiculous. Thankfully I have insurance… But that only covers so much. I have about $10,000 to pay. I hope you can help. Thank you