My Story.

I was diagnosed with PTC when I was 19. I was having headaches that were beyond migraines and messed up vision. I weighed about 185 lbs and am 5'7. I was put on lasix and then diamox and give a spinal tap and told to lose weight. After about 3 months and only about 10 lbs weight loss, the blind spot in my vision cleared and my headaches went away. I had about 5 years of good remission and relapsed at age 24. This time was worse. The pain was beyond anything I can describe. If we had owned a gun I wouldn't be here right now. What was worse was now I had a son who was 4. I weighed about 180. Again with the spinal taps, and the diamox and this time I was told to eat no more than 2000 calories and walk 2 miles 5 times a week. Aka- lose weight. It took longer to recover this time, but I did. I lost 15 lbs and symptoms subsided. I am now 32, I have 2 kids, I weigh about 195 which is a record high for me. I am happy and besides being overweight I am healthy. I have had no sign of PTC symptoms returning. In hindsight both times I became sick with PTC I was on birthcontrol pills and birthcontrol pills give me other issues as well and since now I am overweight and not sick but using a copper IUD, I have to wonder if it was the birthcontrol that caused the PTC? I have been told that should I relapse into PTC again I will most likely be given a shunt. This is a surgery I would like to avoid at all cost, so I am currently trying to lower my weight again just as a safety precaution.
BrokeElectrix BrokeElectrix
26-30, F
1 Response Jul 9, 2010

Hmmm the copper iud seems like stroke of brilliance on your part. The fact that relieved any relapses back into PTC is a great thing. i think that all chemical drugs eventually have side effects. We are hearing more on the news each day and online and newspapers about drugs causing serious side effects and sometimes death. Making the drug that 'cures" more of a health hazard than the original problem. You are really paying attention to your symptoms and health though so that is very good. I'm glad you're taking good care of yourself. Do you think you will ever get your tubes tied? That might alleviate the whole threat of PTC ever returning? You are still young though and you might want more children. i think you're doing great though and i hope that shunt is never a part of your future. Thanks for sharing your experience and continued good health! xox

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