You Are Not My Neurologist: sometimes I have a strong, sudden spasm sensation in the lower back of my head. It feels like it's coming from inside my skull, as though my brain had suddenly smacked against the lower back of my head. It isn't painful, nobody else notices when it happens to me, but it's unpleasant and I want to know what is happening to me.
I'm 23 and female, never had any head injuries or other reasons to suspect I have any brain damage. I don't do any drugs or alcohol, but I've never experienced these any times I ever did in the past. I've had issues with depression and anxiety, but the brain spasm has been happening prior.
Nothing seems to precipitate these occurrences (like stress or making some sort of motion), though I don't think I've had them while lying down. I'm always doing normal activities until I feel it: "Ugh, that thing
is happening again." The whole thing lasts maybe two seconds, and then everything is fine like nothing happened. It happens a few times per year.
From early on, my father didn't think was anything more than my imagination and/or being a dramatic child. When I was a teenager, I was convinced I was having an aneurysm until I realized that I'd probably be dead by now if that were true.
It never dawned on me that these could be seizures because I thought all seizures involved convulsing while unconscious on the floor. After reading about them, I'm beginning to wonder if these are in fact simple partial temporal lobe seizures
I also experience deja-vu at least once or twice per month. I've never considered it weird because I've experienced that since childhood, as well, and have been told it's normal—it's simply deja-vu. However, simple partial temporal lobe seizures can manifest as deja-vu, which makes me wonder if the deja-vu and brain spasm are actually related to each other, and seizures.
I last experienced deja-vu while sitting in a car this Sunday or last Sunday. I can't remember exactly when I last had the brain spasm thing but it was within the past few months while I was either sitting or standing in my bedroom. These are all normal to me, so I don't remember them over the long-term.
If they are seizures, that leads me to wonder about some things I experienced in mid-2007 and early-2008 but had always chalked up to being an anxiety-induced migraine "aura" without headache and anxiety-induced vertigo. I was working a stressful job and had other things going on when I had something resembling a migraine "aura" in mid-2007 and when I had strong vertigo and nausea for a few evenings during early-2008.
I am probably going to see a neurologist about this, but I just can't shake the feeling that I'm a huge hypochondriac for thinking I have epilepsy. I am scared that I'm making a big deal out of nothing and going crazy because nobody has told me otherwise. Does anybody have experience with any of this?