Serene Branson Talks About Her Live Medical Emergency

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Millions of viewers witnessed CBS2 Reporter Serene Branson’s medical emergency live on TV during the station’s newscast following the Grammy Awards.

Branson, an Emmy-award winning reporter, was doing her live shot outside Staples Center Sunday when her words became incoherent and she exhibited symptoms of a severe medical condition.  Today Branson spoke with Anchorwoman Pat Harvey about her terrifying experience.

“My head was definitely pounding and I was very uncomfortable and I knew something wasn’t right,” Branson told Harvey.  “I was terrified and confused.  Confused. What had just happened? At that point they sat me down, then my right cheek went numb.  My right hand went numb and I lost some sensation in my arm.”

Video of Branson went viral on YouTube and after wild speculation about the causes of her episode, tests conducted by Branson’s doctor confirmed that she had suffered a migraine and that the symptoms — dizziness, nausea and garbled speech – mimic a stroke.  Since the broadcast, Branson has also learned that the migraines are hereditary and that her mother also suffers from them.

When asked if she is ready to come back to work, Branson said, “I got to get ready for the Oscar’s now Pat.  My boss has already asked if I’m ready and I expressed to him that I am anxious and eager to get back to being back at work and I’m ready to be telling the story and not be the story.”

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  1. Eileen Leiva says:

    Our entire family sends our heartfelt thoughts of Love and prayers to you Serene. We wish you many blessings, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!

    1. JoAnne Coyne says:

      Thank God she is ok…but can I say how irresponsible the people around her were that aloowed her to go home. She stated that her speedc did not return until the following day. That is un believably negligent of the emergency services and anyone who was with her. The potential for the unknown was over wheliming…..very poor decision. Serena could not be expected to make that decision at the time and some one should have mandated her immediate transfer to the hospital. It should also be the responsibiltiy of CBS to broadcast the dangerous , life threatenig risk that was at hand.Serena is lucky nothing happened .

      1. MaryEllen says:

        An adult can refuse medical care for any reason at any time even if everyone else believes the patient is making a “very poor decision”. The medical personnel at the scene can only offer, advise care and warn of the possible consequences of refusing care; to do more without her consent would have been an assault.

      2. MrNiceGuy says:

        Correct MaryEllen. Someone cannot be forced to seek medical care except in rare instances.

      3. marky says:

        You had headache, but since you are a news anchor, you feel the need to cry about and make it some kind of public spectacle. If it was some regular office worker in downtown, and they asked you to do a article to bring awareness to headaches, you would have laughed the request out of your office as you sipped your morning Starbucks latte. Media folks make me (and so many others sick).

    2. Benedicta Robinsons says:

      I am sorry you had to experience a migraine, especially on national t.v., however, I feel compelled to explain what a “severe” migraine truly is. It is spots that start in either eye, followed by numbness in face and hands, slurred speech, severe vomiting, and then total loss of eye sight. How do I know this? I started having these at the age of 5 years old, at least 3 to 4 times a month. These migraines followed me through to my freshman year of high school. Thankfully they miraculously stopped. Through that time, I never knew when they were going to happen, but when they did (which could have been in the class room or during a soccer or basketball game) my life became total pain and misery for about 2 days. Up until my mid thirties, I was migraine free, thanking God every day for protecting me from them. I am now 45 and have had probably 10 since my mid thirties, not as severe as when I was a kid. My mom had severe migraines, going into convulsions, I watch my daughter and son have severe migraines; the same as the ones I had and it is heart breaking to watch them suffer through them. So, after watching your interview the first thought that came to my head was “this isn’t severe.” Severe is when you can’t walk away and go home without someone pretty much carrying you because you can’t see or feel. I’m not saying yours wasn’t scary or real; I just want to speak for those with truly, truly severe migraines who have never been seen on t.v. having one, that there are worse cases and those are the ones I feel horrible for because I have been there and watch my kids go through it also. Every day, average people need a voice and I guess for once I am speaking out. I pray that yours will not get any worse, because I would not want anyone to feel and experience that much pain and suffering. S.R. from Maine

      1. JRMDA says:

        Migraines comes in all forms. Some with excrutiating pain, some without. There are all different types, and all are terrifying! You can’t measure what you think is severe to what someone else things is severe. I have a chronic pain condition, but I know that I may feel it differently that someone else, so I never ever compare. My pain is the worst to me, and their’s is to them. Pain is very subjective.

      2. MigraineJen says:

        Exactly. Severe is a subjective word. What you and your family have experienced sounds terrible, and I am so sorry. I also have migraines, and I would assure you having what looks stroke-like on live TV was pretty severe to her!

        All migraines are severe, if you ask me. Symptoms and severity can vary, but any neurological event that wreaks havoc on your body, is never mild. Also, this isn’t a contest for who has the worst migraines. We should just be happy it’s being talked about.

      3. SDHSS says:

        Thank you JRMDA and MigraineJen – Exactly! Don’t belittle others pain so you can one up them! Sorry for your pain Benedicta but give me a break, REALLY, you can’t just say you are sorry and know how it feels?

      4. Sherry H says:

        You cannot compare the manifestations of a migraine by saying one is worse than another. I have had the same experience as the reporter, and I can tell you that ‘terror’ is an understatement when you attempt to speak…but gibberish proceeds from your mouth. At the time, my symptoms were thought to indicate a TIA,a kind of mini-stroke. Later they were determined to be the results of a migraine. My aunt suffered from the type of headaches you mentioned, but she knew how to deal with them–dark rooms and sleep–and she was not afraid. True terror is hearing unintelligible noises coming out of your mouth when you try to speak.

      5. Hmm... says:

        I have to agree with JRMDA. While it is terrible that you have suffered migraines so much worse than Ms. Branson’s, your tone comes off as if you were brushing aside her episode as nothing more than an opportunity to complain about your own, and describe yours as “a real migraine”, implying that hers was not. Maybe that wasn’t your intent at all. I can’t know what your _intent_ was, but I can offer you some insight as to how it came across. Marginalizing someone else’s suffering to showboat your own just isn’t nice. Yes, I see where you hedge yourself and claim in advance that’s not what you’re doing. But I respectfully disagree with you when you say _in as many words_ that her episode was not severe. Undermining her ability to so much as _speak_ coherently? Yes, that’s severe. It is truly horrible that your migraines were that bad. But it seems that that in addition to costing you some time out of your life while you suffered through them, they have also (apparently) cost you some compassion for a person whose suffering is any less than your own.

      6. Jose Disliker says:

        You have NO clue what you’re talking about. Please stop with the nonsense.

      7. Erika says:

        I have suffered from the exact same thing as Ms. Branson, and was diagnosed with complex migraines. The first time something like this happens and you can’t talk, it is incredibly terrifying. Then there is also the worry that it will happen again when in public. I cannot even imagine experiencing it in front of millions of viewers on live tv. To try to compare migraines in order to seem like yours is worse, is not only immature but unhelpful. Shame on you!

      8. James says:

        I have experienced migraines since about the age of 10 or 11. I’ve heard it said if you start having them very young, almost from infancy, you will grow out of them. I do not suffer from them as often as I used to. At one point I was getting something like two a week. I took ergotamines for a while, but they caused bradycardia, or slow hear beat. I have been exercising with weights for nearly 25 years now. Sometimes I can beat the migraine with a good workout if I can begin before it puts me down. I can also avoid the vomiting and need to lie down with ibuprophen. They are not fun. I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy. My mother also suffered with them into her eighties, as did my middle sister.

      9. R.W. in GA says:

        I’m sorry, but you don’t have a monopoly on pain associated with migraines. I have “severe” migraines (by your definition) with the exception of total vision loss. I have been summoned to a dark, silent room for a week at a time because the pain is unbearable. Vision loss is not the defining factor in respect to migraines. I also have had speech difficulty….I’ve stood before a group of people and NOTHING come out of my mouth. It’s humilitating. Sure, when people know what the issue is, they are understanding, but it’s very embarassing all the same. This otherwise eloquent woman was on TV and publicly suffered a manifestation of a medical condition. It seems you would be happier is she had been grasping blindly for assistance…then she would have suffered from a REAL migraine. TSK. TSK. Where in the world is your empathy?

      10. chloe says:

        wow, thats pretty lame of you to tell someone that their experience wasn’t a big deal. Since when did this become a “severe migraine” competition? It’s not her fault that she is a public broadcasting figure who just so happen to be on camera while her symptoms occurred. I am sure if you were reporting on an event that 26 million people were watching while suffering from your condition, people would want to interview you as well.

        So i guess my point is, become a news reporter because you’re clearly jealous of her momentary disability Fame.

      11. Johnson says:

        SR from Maine: These are the type of migraines that I have. My auras are just like what you described, and I speak very much the way that I saw on the clip of Ms. Branson. That is what people sound like to me as well… can’t make much sense of anything. And its very frightening! Partly because you never know when it will happen, and then because you don’t know how people are going to react to you, are you going to be safe, etc. Mine started around the time I was a freshman in HS, but at the beginning, I would only get one a couple times a year, but they increased to the point that I have sometimes several a week. I am 37 now, and just had one two days ago. That one wasn’t too severe, as I was still able to walk and such, but many many times I am not able to walk, even if I can see, because my legs are numb or if they aren’t numb, the right one moves when I am trying to move the left one and/or vice versa. Its never the same, so its not predictible. I started having the severe aura in class several different times 20 years ago when I was in Pharmacy school, and basically was removed from the program d/t the professors thought I was high or drunk or just fooling around being disrespectful.
        I feel for anyone who has to go through anything at all like this! I will say that it is interesting that someone has finally publicly experienced this with such attention by the media and etc. I got several calls and emails from various people who said, “OMG that reminded me so much of you!” One was even a former employer/supervisor who had fired me from a job because I got the aura in front of a client and wasn’t able to do my job…. Again, thought at the time that I was just being disrespectful, but…. now he believes me!

      12. Donna Dearing says:

        You only saw what happened first. I would say a headache that paralyzes you along with the vomiting lost of vision etc is severe. My daughter has these. After DNA testing they told her she has what they call hemiplegic migraines. If they give her the medicine for a stroke she will die.Sometime they last for days we never know how long they will last. They are inherited. The migraines my mother and I had are the same as what you have. We don’t have them anymore, my mother has dementia now. I wonder at times if it is related. My daughter takes a beta blocker after trying several different things. She still has them about once or twice a month and has a mild headache pretty much daily. I pray for a cure.

      13. Toby James says:

        I also suffered from migraines at one point, but I hardly think if what happened to Serene Branson was the type of migraine you describe and which I recall, this would be the first time she experienced it. I also find it ridiculous that she is just finding out that her mother suffers from migraines. What is she? Eleven years old?

      14. Sonya Reich says:

        My 25 yr old son has these and has had them since age 16. We thought it was caffeine which really does trigger them. The hospital is no help at all. His hand goes numb and immediately he takes Imitrex and some ibuprofen. Here is his typical migraine: one arm goes numb, loss of vision, slurred speech. Then he completely wacks out meaning he has no control of what he is saying and nor does he remember anything that happened past the slurred speech. He has had MRI’s, MRA’s and his brain looks good and so do the vessels. It is tremendously hard to watch him rip out IV’s and have no comprehension. He seems so tormented although he never remembers anything. The headaches come after all of the symptoms.

    3. Erin Nordaby says:

      I am happy that Mrs. Branson is feeling better and that she knows what happened to her.
      I know the first time I had symptoms I thought I was having a stroke too (actually in my case a minor stroke). Then it took months to find a diagnosis. Even to this day when I try to explain that I have Migraine Syndrome with Silent Migraines, very few people understand my illness.

      I do hope Mrs. Branson gets the best medical care, understand her disorder, and continues to have a great career!!

      1. Lindy says:

        God Bless Mrs. Bronson, and yes, she’s fortunate that it has resolved.

        II’ve had this syndrome as well. (It was associated loss of vision in the left half of periphery, (“visual field defect”), together with the speech garbling, (“aphasia”), right sided grip weakness,

        Once I was diagnosed, and it took some time, just like Erin’s experience,they called it “atypical migraine”. It is surprising to learn of other who have had this experience, as I’ve never known anyone who did.

        It does seem to present in different ways, since I’ve also had the severe frank migraines with light sensitivity, pounding headache, and nausea. Gradually these episodes have gotten less frequent. I was placed on an aspirin a day, which has been very very successful.

        Thanks to everyone whose had these problems for relating their experiences, as I mentioned, its been surprising to learn of others with this strange, and very debilitating migraine issues. And I echo Erin’s wishes for Mrs. Branson.

      2. Jonathan says:

        Yes, migraine is a severely misdiagnosed and misunderstood neurological disease, and this event really showed that in the most dramatic manner. At the Migraine Research Foundation we are dedicated to raising the funds to support the researchers looking for the answers. One of those researchers is the doctor whom Ms. Branson’s neurologist consulted with at UCLA. Check us out: migraineresearchfoundation.org

    4. Joe Stallard says:

      I’ve the same condition since 2000. They are not as severe as they were in the bigining but still come up from time to time. In the begining I would have an eppisode on day 1, day 2 I was weak and had sore eyes, and day 3 was another weak day. Neurologist worked for 2 years to find a combination of preventive meds. I rarely have a true headache but I always have the numbness of the entire right side. I take 10 pills in the morning and 4 at night. My help came from taking Aggrenox and Indernal. It ending up taking a visit to a lady doctor at Vanderbi;t Hospital to solve the medicine miystery. I know the fear that you felt and it is treatable to a certain extent. God Bless

    5. Bob says:

      If she has suffered from migraines her whole life, I can see where it could happen. But has anyone checked to see if this is true, or is this a convenient excuse for a possibe drug-related on-air meltdown? The fact she went home supports the drug theory, not the migraine theory. Ask Ted Kennedy, it’s much easier to go home to “clean up” and get your story straignt later.

      1. gabe says:

        So, here’s what a migraine is and why it has the name. The first symptoms are not a headache, but actually more like a stroke: loss of speech, vision, motor skills, caused by constricting blood vessels in the brain. The actual headache doesn’t come on until the body tries to compensate for this by dilating those blood vessels, the extra blood flow is what my doctors told me causes the intense head pain. It’s called a migraine because it “migrates” across the body.

      2. Gwenn says:

        You’re an idiot, plain and simple, How many people need to explain this to you. A neurologist isn’t good enough for you. Or perhaps this will be the ‘new’ excuse you give your family while YOU are high

      3. icg says:

        I had never had an episode until I was in my thirties. It came out of nowhere and I thought I was having a stroke. My mother and brother suffered from migraines and I had counted myself blessed – as I didn’t have them. Then landed in the hospital out of the blue. It can happen.

      4. Neva Kinney says:

        This is a very real and serious medical condition. I have experienced these same symtoms the last 40 years….to downplay what other people have to deal with healthwise leads me to believe you could do with a little courtesy….Thank the good Lord you are blessed with good health. Referring to Bob in previous comment!!!!! I know of no other of my relatives who have suffered with migraines….Now maybe and hopefully more people will be aware and a cure can be found!!!!

      5. Becky Stabler says:

        Dude you are so wrong. Apparently you have never suffered this way. And it is ignorant people like you that make it bad for us sufferers. Pull up your pants and talk right.

    6. Veronica Ondrejech says:

      Serene,

      I’m glad you feel better and I’m sorry you had a migraine on live TV. Migraines with the aura are scary, and no one wants to have to deal with one in public let alone on live TV. I used to be a reporter as well and I always had that fear in the back of my mind as I’ve been fighting migraines for over 20 years.

      I am so proud of you turning your experience into an educational experience, especially sharing your thoughts on being afraid and scared. I think it helps people understand that this isn’t just a “headache”.

      As a reporter you want to share a story not “be” the story and I don’t think you intended to be the “poster child” for migraine sufferers, but I do hope that you continue to speak about the experience and educate others on what they are and what you’ve learned.

      I’ve seen so many specialists for migraines and they all say the same thing, learn to know your triggers and avoid them.

      One trigger is stress (good luck with that one) and another is bright lights. That may be difficult to avoid with being a television reporter. One more great one involves pressure changes in the atmosphere (we had a storm in CA this week).

      I’ve tried preventatives, beta blockers, but taking something every day for the occasional migraine doesn’t make sense to me. Nutritional advice might help, magnesium and B vitamins are supposed to help, but not always.

      I’m always looking on the internet and trying to find research or solutions to see what can be done because I’d love to find the best solution. One that I can’t find anywhere is one that has worked fairly well for me is botox for migraines. Ask your neurologist about it and see what he says. I lived in LA and a friend told me about her plastic surgeon in Santa Monica who offered this procedure. They put the botox along the hairline and it stops the migraines from occurring. It worked for me for a few years and then I moved away from LA to San Luis Obispo. I had to call all over to find a doctor who knew about this procedure up here, but I found one and it worked again. You do have to return every 3-4 months and insurance doesn’t cover it (yet). Unfortunately, my Dr. passed away a few months ago in a small plane accident in Mexico while involved in the doctors without borders program. I felt horrible searching for a new doctor but another migraine forced me to look again for a Doctor who offered the procedure. I’ve found one recently but needle placements are a little different and procedure doesn’t work as well, so there is a science to it. Perhaps you can research this procedure and/or try it, if it works for you as well you can get more information about this procedure out to women who suffer migraines. I’m really amazed this information isn’t more available, it’s pretty much the only thing that has worked for me.

      Again, good luck with the migraines, we all feel for you and wish you the best. Thank you again for sharing your story, that’s what journalism is all about, sharing stories

    7. Amy says:

      The video sent me into flash backs!!! I too suffer from complex migraines and found out I had such a diagnosis from experiencing a similar experience. It was awful! I ended up in the local stroke ward and am now being treated thankfully. I still experience migraines but thankfully due to my exceptional doctors and wonderful treatment I can say they are under control. My heart goes out to you, Serene! Hang in there🙂

    8. Terri Lytle says:

      I have hemiplegic migraines and your story sounded just like mine. Watch the pressure and keep an eye on the weather caffeine and chocolate help me out even though the doctors will tell you not to eat and drink it, it helps out a lot. Watch MSG that will put you into an “attack” right now. Do not be alarmed if your vision changes that’s part of it. This sucks and I won’t tell you that it doesn’t I have lived with it for 11 years in Aug. The most important piece of advise I can give you is get a medic alert bracelet to identify your problem otherwise you will be treated like a stroke victim. Good luck and I hope that you will not have to go through this as long as I have.

    9. The Rev. D. Mitchell Evans says:

      I have had migraines since I was in eighth grade. They are very painful. I have the aura, the numbness, but fortunately no pain as a result of advancements in medication. I do, however, take several days to recover completely. Recently, I have had to take Topamax as a result of the frequency of my migraines. People with migraines suffer from a painful and incurable disability. My prayers go out for you, Serene. God bless you.

    10. David Clark says:

      Two years ago while sitting at dinner my right arm slowly became numb and my speech became garbled. I was confused at first and knew what I wanted to say but couldn’t get the words to come out right. We immediately went to the hospital and of course spent several hours waiting with no one treating me like an emergency. I was sent home and told that the suspected that I had had a TIA. Two days later while out getting groceries and standing in line it happened again and couldn’t explain to the clerk what was going on. I was able to drive home and was fine. The next day while in the garage, now being nervous, I kept talking to myself making sure my language was making sense and all of a sudden it started again. This time by the time I got to the hospital, I was unconcious and admittind to ICU for several days. After having several tests run the decided that I had not had a stroke but had had a severe migrane. I had had migranes through out my life but nothing like this. I went to see a neurologist, was put on medication, and have no further complications for which I am grateful. I was somewhat embarrased that it was a migrane and not a stroke however grateful. This does serve as a warning for anyone who has these warning signs that it is EXTREMELY important to take an aspiring immediately and get to the emergency room. It is the difference between life and death. My thoughts go out to Serene and I and so grateful that you did not suffer a stroke as was originally thought.

    11. dan s says:

      who gives a flying fork?

    12. Andrea Armendariz says:

      Serene: I have the same thing. Ask your dr. about taking Verapamil. It is a calcium beta blocker and it is miraculous.. One tablet a day and I am good. This exaCT THINGhappened to me ll years ago. Gibberish, numbness in face, I could not even write. Dr. thought it was a stroke, or tia. PLEASE ASK ABOUT THIS MEDICATION!!!!!!ALL THE BEST TO YOU, SERENE. GOD BLESS.

    13. Headcase says:

      To Serene, the moment I saw the video I knew, as I have suffered the same complex migraines -slurred speach, visual auras, hand/face numbness (lasting exactly 30 minutes before headache onset)- since I was 19; I’m 57 now. Dr’s blamed it on my achiever/perfectionist personality, stress, etc. Most embarrasing/inconvenient when making presentations, meeting with developers, conducting board mtgs. After yrs living in Texas/Florida and tracking symptons I was able to conclude mine are triggered largely by rapid drops in barometric pressure (storms, hurricanes, plane trips etc) rather than stress or food. For me Execedrin Migraine at immediate onset works as well as prescription to reduce the subsequent headache with fewer side effects. Contact me if you want more experiential info. Thanks for going public.

    14. Alison Cote says:

      IF ANYONE KNOWS SERENE BRANSON PLEASE COUNSUL HER TO IMMEDIATELY GET AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM WITH A BUBBLE STUDY. AN UNCLOSED PFO (HOLE IN THE HEART BETWEEN CHAMBERS) WILL CAUSE SMALL CLOTS TO ARRIVE IN THE BRAIN AND MIMIC SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE AND OCULAR MIGRANE BUT THIS IS ACTUALLY A SMALL STROKE, OR TIA (TRANSITORY ISCHEMIC ATTACK). HER SYMPTOMS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AS YOU WOULD EXPECT WITH THIS CONDITION AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE MISDIAGNOSED WITH MIGRANE ANNUALLY . IF ANYONE KNOWS HER, PLEASE MAKE HER GET THIS MEDICAL TEST. A MIGRAINE SHOULD NOT CAUSE THE SYMPTOMS SHE IS HAVING.
      THE FIX IS A SMALL SCREEN THAT IS EASILY IMPLANTED IN THE HEART THROUGH THE FEMORAL ARTERY TO CLOSE THE SMALL OPENING. SHE WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE ANOTHER MIGRAINE OR OCULAR MIGRAINE IF THIS IS THE PROBLEM AND SHE HAS THIS MINOR SURGERY.

    15. Lisa says:

      My daughter had issues like that for awhile. The migraines started when she was eleven and progressively got worse. We called 911 when her whole left side whent numb. After many doctor visits and other issues that went along with it (slurred speech and stuttering, etc.), she was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines. The medicine does work for her, and we hope and pray that it will for you. God bless you!

      1. Donna Dearing says:

        MY daughter has them also.they put her on beta blockers it has helped but she still has them about once or twice a month. My daughter first one was when she was eight and she is in her thirty’s now. I pray for serene and for your daughter Lisa because I know how horrible and terrifying they can be.

    16. candy says:

      Watched in horror as Serena symptoms are EXACTLY mine!
      But my doctors said it was siezure-anyone else connect these?

  2. JRS says:

    I am so glad Serene is doing well. I also suffer from migraines and can totally understand this situation. I don’t know Mrs. or Ms. Branson from anything other than the viral video clips and coverage of her ordeal (sorry). But my heart instantly went out to her, and a prayer was said for her, and I’m just glad she is okay.

  3. Barack Andajardplayc. says:

    It sure was funny, though.

  4. 123 says:

    i get a migraine too daily and take meds if it gets to severe. i am so glad that your okay serene. looking forward to see the interview.

  5. Dr Michael Pilon says:

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  6. Barbara Smith says:

    Serene, I know exactly how horrible all this was for you because I have gone through much the same. It takes a strong, strong person to push through the pain of a migraine to keep working and I know you have done this many times in the past. This time, it was too much for you. It happens. Happened to me before a huge group of people who did not understand either.

    But what you see as a horrible embarrassment is really such a positive affirmation for others! We migraineurs are a secretive breed because we tend to be hard driving, well educated and hate to be perceived as weak. You are a positive role model for many people. You have now become a role model for people who fear they cannot live a normal life with chronic or intractable migraine. They can because you did.

    Proud of you!

    1. Migraineur says:

      I am so sorry that this happened to you – but like Ms. Smith said – it is reassuring to us “complex migraineurs” to see the attention being giving to this medicial issue that has not been given before.

      I am in my 40’s and have experienced complex migraines since the age of 19. Sometimes I will go several years without one – then I may have several in one week – sometimes more than one a day.

      I am glad to see you back at work and thankful that your medical condition has improved was not anything more severe. I have enjoyed reading others comments (sorry to see there are so many of us- but glad for their feedback and info). I look foward to more info on migraines from you in the future.

  7. Former KCBS viewer says:

    Come on … it’s February … TV ratings sweeps. While it’s unfortunate what happened to her, now it’s being turned into a cheap ratings ploy. Shameless.

    1. Lisa says:

      Shame on you. This is NOT a ratings ploy. It was a response to the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of emails and comments of condolence and questions and queries that Ms. Branson and CBS received. People were concerned about this woman – even people who don’t live in this state who didn’t even know her. Her symptoms shed light on something that many people suffer from, but never had a diagnosis for. I am one of those people. After seeing Ms. Branson go through what she went through, I said, “Hey! That has happened to me!” To have it caught on camera was a miracle. Not just for her but for those of us who suffer in silence. Now neurologists can look at this video and see the human brain in action. Cheap ratings ploy? This was educational journalism at its finest. I am sorry that Ms. Branson had to experience the fear that this migraine brought. But I am thankful that light has been shed on this horribly frightful disease.

  8. Shannon says:

    I’m really glad for you its nothing worse. What kind of makes me mad is hearing all the other news stations talk about you with their on air doctors as if they knew you had a stroke or seizure. Was the incident serious and deserving of medical attention? Absolutely. However, I’m tired of seeing phony doctors on TV diagnose someone as if they were in their office making the situation sound worse than it is. The matter should be taken seriously, but not over dramatized.. Glad you checked it out and glad it all checked out.

    1. Karen says:

      As a migraineur (learned a new label today) from a family of stroke suffers I will offer another look at this situation. I am in my mid 40s and get migraines with these and other symptoms. I have to consider every time–is this another severe migraine or a stroke this time? The symptoms are so similar that I worry I will miss it when the real thing comes, but I do not want to be “the girl who crys wolf”. I would also add that her migraines could be much worse in the future. This time she wasn’t throwing up and still had some vision, but after 30 years of headaches, I can tell you that rarely are they the same list of symptoms/reactions–best of luck. A migraine is not a headache, it might not be a stroke, but the similarities are uncanny.

  9. Dharma Trafecanty says:

    Serene, I am so very happy to hear that you are feeling better. It was such a shock.You can however serve as an example to everyone, men and women that this can happen to anyone any where. My prayers are with you. God Bless.

  10. Meli says:

    I’ve totally had a migraine that caused aphasia before. REALLY scary. I’m so glad that it’s all that it was.

  11. Mr Migraine says:

    I too suffered from migraines until a heat attack and being prescribed Plavix. No migraines in four years. Not even a hint of a migraine. Migraine triggers do not bring them on at all. Apparently, I am not the only person to discover the side effect of Plavix and not getting migraines. Why get them and then take a drug to control the results. Three times in my past I had slurred speech as did Serene. Google Plavix and migraines and see the thousands of others that love taking this blood thinner.

  12. Sandra Harrison says:

    I also have had migraines that mimic a stroke, and I was pretty sure that was what had happened to you. I found that I was sensitive to aspartame, the sweetener used in many products to replace sugar (Equal). I had a friend who thought her migraines were being caused by aspartame, so I switched to sucralose (Splenda). Since then I have had migraines only rarely and they are very mild and have no effect on my speech, hearing or vision except for a brief “aura” just before they start. If you are consuming Equal, perhaps this information will help you.

    1. JRMDA says:

      Aspartame is a nerve toxin and horrible for us in any amount. It triggers massive pain attacks throughout my body. More and more people are becoming sensitive to it, especially those who consume it a lot. It builds up in our nervous systems and starts to break it down. Scary stuff! Splenda isn’t much better. It’s just stripped with chlorine. If you must use a sugar substitute, switch to Stevia. It’s all natural and not toxic to our bodies. Or just use raw sugar…in moderation of course!

      1. Veronica Ondrejech says:

        I’m with you, I went back to old fashioned sugar, honey or Stevia (can you believe how long that took to hit the market). The best natural Stevia is still in drops and has to be refrigerated, tough to find. Don’t forget other triggers…chemical fumes, processed meats, MSG, dried fish, frrmented cheeses and good old menstrual cycles (wish I could avoid that one).

        There is a great website just migraines and add a dot org. Lots of information but I still can’t find the Botox fix. Botox really works for me…with the right doctor. Ask your doctor or neurologist if they offer botox for migraines. It really works, it’s not natural but totally worth it.

  13. brian says:

    I’ve had migraines in the past, and I had the same type you did back in January for the first time. At first I could not believe the words in my head were coming out of my mouth jumbled up. I kept trying to talk to see if I was hearing myself right. After that, it was frustration and anger and then fear at what was happening. It took a few days to physically recover and then I worried about it until seeing my doctor the next day. Too bad it happened for you on camera where it was publicly viewable, but it does bring light to it. It sounds like you’re doing better and back at work. Don’t let it slow you down.

  14. Alex says:

    I wonder if she will finally tell us what a “heavy burtation” is !!!

    1. ShutUpJustShutUp says:

      Why don’t you go look it up in the dictionary for @ssh0les?

  15. Samantha says:

    Dear Serene,
    I am so happy to hear you are feeling better. Seeing that video of you made chills go up and down my spine. It was very scary and I can just imagine what must have been going through your mind. I have also had migraines in the past(Started when I was much younger) I would see the flashing lights, but never experienced anything like what you experienced. I think the flashing lights at the Grammy Awards must have triggered your severe migraine. Your doctor is top notch, you are in the right hands. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that you have a speedy recovery.. God Bless you Serene!

  16. connie d. says:

    I know how you feel. I have been have them since 2005 and boy do they hurt. You have to go into a dark room. Quite one. You have to also find the right medicine that will work for you. Please take care of yourself.

  17. Joe says:

    One question for you Serene: What is a “heavy burtation” ???

    1. SayWhat says:

      I am sure that if she knew she would tell you, moron. Your poor attempt at humor shows what a classy guy you are.

  18. Julene Barrett says:

    Dear Serene, So glad you are feeling better. Watching you brought back memories on what happened with my daughter in August. She suffered a complex migraine which at the time we thought was a stroke. She was hit first with blurred vision, then weakness in the hands, a terrible headache and then she became incoherent and her speech beacame impaired. It was onw of the scariest things I have ever witness. You should do a special report on these migraines as the are very interesting.

  19. darryl-lee says:

    Hey Seren,
    I remember watching your report on Grammy night and when start slurring my heart immediately went out to you. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful you are well and that your story can now become an informative sign post for so many. 🙂 Look forward to seeing your Oscar report. Have an amazing week…

    many blessings

  20. Liz J. says:

    Serene,
    So glad you are feeling better. As soon as I heard what happened to you I knew it was like what happened to my father a few years ago. I was talking to him on the phone, and he started talking gibberish. He checked out fine at the hospital; it was diagnosed as due to transient ischemic attack. He has had one since but is otherwise fine. Kudos to you for sharing your experience with the public. This happens more often than people think. Best to you always.

  21. Jensen Barrett says:

    Hey Serene,
    I had the same thing. But i had to stay in the hospital for 3 days. It was very scary i know, Hope you are doing well. Please get back to me thanks.🙂

  22. Jensen Barrett says:

    Hey Serene.
    I had the same thing happened to me. But mine was so bad i had to stay in the hospital for 3 days! It was very scary. Please get back to me thanks:) Hope you are doing well.

  23. Lisa says:

    Yet another concerned viewer so glad to hear that you’ve been diagnosed. Because I’ve suffered from similar symptoms in my life (mine, unfortunately, have yet to be 100% diagnosed – the closest they can come is Basilar Migraine) I related to your video immediately. I watched it over and over again just mesmerized at what the human brain was doing. As the doctor in your report said this evening, to have this ON TAPE, is such an invaluable tool to neurologists! I can’t tell you how many 30-day Holter Monitors I’ve been hooked up to, and 24 EEGs – all for nothing. But to have your symptoms appear on camera, for the world to see was amazing.

    Glad you are on the mend. Thank you for your interview this evening. I look forward to tomorrow’s interview on the Early Show. You’ve shed light on something that so many people suffer from, and many live in fear with. By bringing this out into the public, you are helping SO MANY people.

    Thank you.

  24. Jose Figueroa says:

    Well, Serene, I was worried, about what happen to you, I heard, I,m, I think it was, Pat or paul, saying that, something had happen to you, while, doing the report, of the grammy’s, and what I heard, is that you suffured, migranes, well, you not thy only one, since, my birthday, of last 2 of the month of november, I been feeling dizziness, ever since, my last two years, of my birthday. Well, you were, lovely, with the red dress, and black dress Serene.

    1. Eric - Syracuse, NY says:

      Way too many commas.

  25. tndal says:

    That’s not a migraine – that’s a stroke, albeit a short one.

    The “migraine” story is a fabrication for the public or perhaps for her employer. She undoubtedly had a minor stroke. Some of these pass quickly with little or no damage. They are then termed a “Transient Ischemic Attack”, or TIA.

    Time to start taking aspirin!

    1. drcldh says:

      Hey TNDAL, Did you get your medical degree from sending in a box top from Preparation H? Geesh! There is such a thing as a complex migraine that mimics a stroke. A TIA and a migraine are two totally different things, And not everyone should be on an aspirin regimen. It depends on several things – all of which should be discussed with your doctor first.

      Do I sound like a doctor? Good! Because I am one!

    2. HoHoeHoe says:

      Dontya just love these armchair physicians who can make a diagnosis from a 30 second video clip?

    3. Yhni says:

      I agree this is what it appears to be without further information.
      To make this observation, I will suspect that you are quite familiar with these neuro issues.

  26. Laurie Freysinger says:

    I too have suffered these migraine “strokes” about 7 times. My neurologist informs me that if the speech is affected it is not just a migraine…but really a stroke. I have had numerous tests over the years. They have actually found “Spots on my brain” that are strokes. I am healthy and active. I wonder if any of the people responding have had any tests to confirm that they have a PFO in their heart (Patent Foramen Ovale) 25% of the population does. I have a PFO and also a ASA (Atrial Septal Anureism) Many doctor consults later and they think that this is how these little clots are getting to my brain……I have yet another appt next week with a cardiologist on possible closure of this PFO. I take a baby asprin in the morning and in the evening now.

    1. Amanda says:

      I also saw this story and wanted to speak out about my experence to share with Serene and anyone else that would benefit. I too have had thse very real TIA’s which started one year ago yesterday. Within a months time I was diagnosed with a PFO and had a Amplatzer Occluder device placed to seal the hole. I have had no more problems which is a blessing from God.
      This was one of the scariest things that has happened to me. I am a young mother in good physical health and I was having mini stokes. I could not believe that having a hole in your heart could cause the symptoms. I appaently am not alone. Please have this checked Serene and Laurie good luck.

  27. Melissa says:

    Serene,

    I’m glad to hear that you are recovering well. My husband had a similar episode in January of 2006 (he was 36 at the time). He had never been diagnosed with migraine headaches but as I was a trained EMT I swear I saw the left side of his face droop. I was thinking it was a stroke but when bloodwork came back clear they told us in ER it was a migraine. Not satisfied with that answer as no one explained certain stroke symptoms can mimic a type of migraine, we got in with our GP and they ordered an MRI and an appointment with a neurologist. Turns out yep migraine.

  28. Ar Amytas says:

    I had the same thing happen, it was a tumor about 2 cm in size. I hope that she checks for that.

  29. Ar Amytas says:

    I had the same thing happen also, it was caused by a tumor in the brain. Please check for that possibility

  30. Mark from Texas says:

    Serene,

    I, too, have had this, on about 4 occasions. It’s called aphasia, and my neurologist also told me it is a migraine “side effect.” The first time I had this I was 11 years old. Needless to say, it scared the hell out of me. I had another episode shortly after the first, then one in my 30’s, and another in my 50’s. The last one came without a headache. And, like another poster, my doctor explained that migraine is “an event”, not necessarily manifesting as a headache. So sorry that it had to happen to you so publicly (I was able to grab a coworker who is an EMT this last time, and nobody was the wiser); but, I’m glad you’re OK. Just know that there are a lot of others out there in the same boat. Best wishes.

  31. Mikey says:

    Glad to hear it was just a migrane. I’ve been to the hospital twice with basilar migranes concurrent with symptoms similar to what Ms. Branson experienced.

    Interestingly, I went to a neuro just to be sure it was in fact a migrane and I asked him about Imitrex in case I ever had a similar event. She told me that if you’ve ever had a basilar migrane you shouldn’t use Imitrex as it can “lock your symptoms.” In other words, instead of relief you get to keep those symptoms for a long time.

    So, if you’ve ever had a similar migrane as Ms. Branson and you take Imitrex…talk to your doc about it.

    1. Kerri Ebright says:

      Mikey, THANK YOU! The minute I saw the clip on television, heard the speech problems, and could see the “Uh-oh…” crease on Ms. Branson’s face, I said immediately, “Basilar Artery Migraine!” I, too, have them, and know all too well how they affect you – I’ve lost speech completely, began stuttering uncontrollably, had muscle spasms on one side of my body, and – precisely like Ms. Branson – have found friends looking at me as though I was insane, because what I thought I was saying, and what was really coming out of my mouth were radically different.

      Just as with you, my neurologist confirmed that Imitrex or the other similar drugs can either make the migraine worse, or cause seizures. So please – Ms. Branson, if you’re reading this — suggest a basilar artery migraine to your neurologist. They’re rare enough that most doctors don’t “think” that direction unless they are pointed toward it, and the standard migraine treatments can make you much more ill, if not be outright dangerous.

  32. Steve says:

    Wow. These are exactly the same symptoms I get. Happens once every couple of years. Freaks me out too. When it happens I can’t comprehend what I’m trying to read and can’t form sentences. Numbness then creeps from my finger tips to my face and mouth. Followed by a mild headache..

  33. Jeri says:

    About 2 weeks before Serene’s episode I had almost the same thing, except no headache. My left side of my face felt tingly, along with my left toes, and arm. I had trouble processing thoughts and when I spoke, it was just like Serene said “I thought I was on the outside observing myself talk and the speech wasn’t what i was thinking. ” it was like I was listening to a completely disjointed commentary that made no sense and certainly wasn’t what I had wanted to say. after two days in the hospital I was diagnosed with a Migraine Phenomena”

    I was freaked out thinking I was having a stroke and was told it does mimic a stroke. I am glad Serene is ok and i hope it never happens again to either of us!

    1. stephanie says:

      amen to that! I can’t believe people have experienced multiples of these. I have had one and one is enough for me! I did go get the TEE (heart ultrasound) last Friday and they found a hole in my heart, but I don’t know if it’s something they will have to fix. I haven’t heard from my neurologist since the tests.

  34. I know about Migranes says:

    Ms Branson has a real opportunity to help thousands of migrane sufferers. The most popular and affordable migrane medicine, MIDRIN, that actually can stop one of these attacks on the onset has been taken off the market. It’s been around for 20 years and helped thousands maybe millions. Due to new FDA rules, this medicine has stopped being made. MIDRIN cost about $30 for 30 pills while the substitues cost $300 for 8 pills. Hopefully Ms Branson can look into this and maybe start a crusade to get that medicine back on the market and back helping thousands of Migrane sufferers that experience similar attacks.

    1. stephanie says:

      that’s exactly what I posted. she can be the face behind TIA and complex migraine education. half of these people who have no idea what this is about would be in absolute panic if it happened to them or a family member.

      1. veronica Ondrejech says:

        Isn’t it great to know we’re not alone? Look how many people are affected and mis-diagnosed. Hopefully more doctors learn about these migraines so they can direct their patients to the correct treatments.

  35. chuk A Spear says:

    Yes I suffer from this also,,two or several rum and cokes and I talk ebonics

  36. Max Lawless says:

    Living here in Ibiza, I don’t know of this lady, but I felt compelled to add a post here just to send my best wishes. It must have been a truly terrifying thing to go through – let alone to have it happen so publicly. I am happy she is now recovered and that it wasn’t a serious as it could have been. All the best to her.

  37. GoodOleBoy says:

    Yep. Like I’ve been saying for years. Too much hairspray on the noodle and we all witnessed the effects.

  38. rhb says:

    Now we know why Mathews, olbermannnnn, Schultz, and madcow are talking gibberish daily. Take a pill, dolts. Or an enema!

  39. Samantha says:

    Grammys! Waiting all day!? Come on! Where’s the Tox / blood level screen in this ‘story’!?

    1. dari says:

      It isn’t necessary…a complex migraine won’t show up in a ‘tox’ screen…why do so many people on this board have to be so nasty and negative.

  40. David says:

    I’m glad Serene is okay.

  41. Viki says:

    Glad you’re okay Serene! Migraines are bad but good that it wasn’t a stroke. As a result of what you experienced, a lot of people became more aware of both stroke symptoms and migraines. Take care!

  42. Vic Livingston says:

    TO SERENE BRANSON (pls. fwd.): This veteran newspaper and TV reporter listened carefully to your account this morning on the CBS Early Show. Every detail you provided comports with the experiences of those of who have been targeted for silent microwave radio frequency attack via a classified, precision-targeted “directed energy weapon” system that is deployed on cell tower masts everywhere in America, often co-located with equipment used for standard cellular communications.

    This weapon system is publicly patented (U.S. Patent No. 7629918, held by Raytheon, among other patents) but is little-known or understood. Few, if any, medical experts are aware of the existence of this weapon system, or that the symptoms it can induce are identical to symptoms associated with various neurological conditions, including stroke, aneurysm, and, yes, migrane headaches.

    Please read my articles, linked below. Thus far, I am the only veteran journalist to have exposed the existence — and heinous use — of this domestic weapon system. I write from the perspective of an experienced journalist, and as a victim. Please try to leave a comment on one of my lede articles at http://NowPublic.com/scrivener, and please keep an open mind — do not be blinded by the psychological operations that have been dispatched by powerful entities in a campaign to deny the existence of this weapon system, and its clear and present danger to American citizens and their human rights.

    http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
    http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-runs-gang-stalking-vigilantism-says-ex-fbi-official
    http://nowpublic.com/world/rule-law-morality-die-usa-fusion-center-slow-kill-genocide
    http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

  43. ispywithmylittleeye says:

    thank god it’s nothing horribly life-threatening…..though i couldn;t help but notice that she sounded more coherent and articulate than most of the professional athletes who are interviewed.

  44. Annie Edwards says:

    That was no migraine. She suffered a small stroke.

    1. GeeWhiz says:

      Thank you Dr. Edwards. You must be a hell of a physician to be able to make a diagnosis from a 15 second video clip. Shut your pie hole.

  45. JustAGuy says:

    I can totally believe that. And I sympathize with her. My wife used to have really bad migraines, and one of the first things to go was her speech. She knew what she wanted to say, but what came out was gibberish. Now she controls the migraine attacks by watching what she eats. And if she does get an attack, Excedrin Migraine pills work well for her.

  46. Jennifer H from Oklahoma says:

    I am glad it was nothing more serious and glad there is another person diagnosed with the same migraines. I have had many tell me I was crazy. I had these episodes just like yours at least twice a week. I have lots of failed treatments and some that work great. I would love to share. I have them now maybe once a year, but they got much worse and more severe.

  47. Bruce Andrew says:

    I feel for Serene and am so sorry she had to experience this on air. I suffer from the same kind of sense-distorting migraines and they are scary every time. Sometimes my colleagues at work witness the garbled speech and it’s so frustrating and embarrassing. You know your speech and vision are messed up and you’re powerless to correct it. Hang in there, Serene! We’re pulling for you.

  48. Emily says:

    I am glad that you are ok Serene – I can imagine that event was terrifying. A co-worker heard your story and passed it on to me. I had a stroke event last March; I was 34 at the time. I had bent down to tie my shoes and when I stood up, my entire left arm from shoulder to finger tips fell at my side and started seizing for about two minutes. It was horrifying. As the doctors looked into the event and my history of migraines with auras – they confirmed through tests that I had a PFO (patent forament ovale), which is a congenital heart defect. It is a hole in the atrial wall that does not close after birth. I had it surgically closed in Seattle last July. Since then I had not had any migraines, which is a huge blessing and totally amazing. I would encourage you to ask your doctor about this and pursue this possibility. The tests they ran to confirm the PFO were: TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) and a bubble study. I am praying for you Serene – your story really resonated with what I went through last year. emily from Seattle

  49. Lisa C says:

    I too have had migraines that are serious. It is so scary when you can’t see right, and get numb on parts of your body and start to have difficulty speaking. I am so proud of you for being so strong through having this happen so publicly. I KNOW you will help many others like us because of this happening on live television and I am so hopeful that having it on video can help doctors understand this better. This first happened to me about 20 years ago, and for a long time, it really shook me to the core. I feel lucky in that I don’t often get migraines to this exteme and have such compassion for those who do. Take care of yourself!

  50. Bob says:

    My first wife had migraines very often and a similar experience, and doctors found she had an hormone imbalance. Once she got her hormones in check, her migraines went away and no more problems.

  51. steve jobs says:

    Ain’t buyin it……

    1. stephanie says:

      well you can’t fix stupid, can you?

  52. DAVID SHUMMER says:

    This has plagued my life for so long as well. I found the answer at http://www.trigemin.com. You need to check it out if you are experiencing migraines.

  53. golde says:

    Another example of media weirdness. If the cause was due to migraines she should have had an inkling of that effect previously. Sounds more like drugs and alcohol.

    1. paging Dr House says:

      You have no idea how bad this can be–someday, some one close to you will unfortunately suffer and you will witness it, and then you will get it….it is true, it happens to me and I have not had alcohol for over 18 years. I have never used drugs. I have had migraines since I was 12 yrs old–they very rarely present with the same symptoms. When I was younger I did not have word confusion, since my early 30s the words slurs and mixups started…It is so amazing that it was caught on tape. I have never been able to get a doctor to understand–this is the tape I would have needed.

  54. joe says:

    Something just doesn’t sound right with that explanation…

  55. Patrick says:

    God bless you Serene. I never realized that there were so many people going through this. May you and everyone with this condition find a remedy soon.

  56. Clayton Henry says:

    Welcome to my world!

    Serene, I’m glad you’re feeling better, but after 20 years of suffering the exact same migraines, I’m glad to know that someone knows how I feel.

    I’m a 34 year old married father of one (+1 on the way). I’ve been experiencing these symptoms just before migraine headaches. Seeing flashing colors, tingling sensation in my right hand, slurred speech, headache emanating from behind my right eye, and nausea. The whole event lasts about 8 hours for me. I only get them about once a year now, but when I was a teen they were much more frequent. My parents even took me to specialists and none of them diagnosed me with migraines.

    You’ll be fine. The only medication I’ve found that helps consistently is Tylenol (the quick release pills). Since I’ve been taking those I’ve managed to avoid the nausea and the headaches aren’t quite as severe.

    Best wishes and thanks for speaking out about this.

  57. Kat Nicholson says:

    Dear Ms Branson: I suffer from these, too. Scary as hell, you think you’re having a mini-stroke. Precursor pain in my left eye, followed immediately by partial blindness, slurred speech, confusion, and the aura: the jagged sliver of shimmering silvery light. They come on suddenly and the headache slams in like a 75 pound ball pien hammer. Dibilitating is an understatement. Sometimes I get sick to my stomach. But in the past 2 years I’ve been on two different medications: Promethazine as soon as you notice the sypmtoms, and then 20 mgs of Citalopram every day. I went from having 15 – 20 CMs a year, to just 3 in a year. Please talk to your doctor about these medications, they help immensely!! You can do a couple of tests as soon as one hits to distinguish from a stroke: raise your arms above your head; say your name, roll your tongue. If you can’t do any of these things, then it’s a stroke and call an ambulance. Good luck and God bless!!!!

  58. Ed Norton says:

    It’s called “Word Salad” I couldn’t stop laughing.

  59. Shawn says:

    I have the same health issue and my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  60. Valerie from Pennsylvania says:

    I am glad that Serene is fine. I have seen the video and I just wanted to say that Serene has nothing to be embarrassed about. If anything, I believe she held her composure well. She was still smiling, all while, as I read, she was scared and confused. I don’t believe I could have done as good of a job as her in that situation.
    You are a true professional. Everyone that I have heard speak about it has had nothing but good things to say and wishes her well!!! I just felt that I needed to share that with you. Take care!!!

  61. marshall k says:

    Certainly could be a hemiplegic migraine but she should be certain it is not a paradoxic embolus from a patent foramen ovale. Particularly if she has no history of migraine. This would require a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) or a transcranial bubble study.

  62. MigraineJen says:

    Oh my gosh, I am so happy you’re talking about this. And as a woman who has suffered from migraines since my teenage years, I truly wish this had never happened to you on live TV. But I hope you can realize how helpful your episode can be for getting more attention paid to this terrible disease.

    Migraines tend to worsen and peak from around age 30-38, so maybe this is why this one was so different. I have varied symptoms with mine, and sometimes it takes looking back on an episode to realize it was due to migraine! Even after all these years of experiencing them.

    Anyway, you’re beautiful, and obviously talented–and a trooper! Thanks for talking about it.

  63. Joe Leikhim says:

    Since this was a live shot, has anyone considered that she may have been standing in the beam of the remote microwave transmitter of hers or another of the many ENG or microwave satellite up-link trucks that were on the scene? Perhaps prior to the shot she was waiting off camera in a location where such a microwave beam was set up? If she has no prior history, this would be an angle that should be explored by her station. I would go as far as asking all the other affiliates to describe where their transmitters were located and the direction they were headed. It is also possible that an ENG truck or microwave satellite truck had its antenna at a rested or downward position and forgot to turn off the transmitter. Others on location should be interviewed for any ill effects that night,

  64. Jason Burnstein says:

    At least this reporter has an excuse and reason for speaking gibberish on the air,but what about all the other reporters speaking gibberish , what is their excuse ?

  65. jennifer hayes says:

    I had the same thing happen to me last May only difference I was 7 months pregnant. Mine was triggered by a bright light in my face during a facial. I got a bad headache, then on my way home my vision became distorted, once I got home my face and arm started to numb. A few momments later was when the words coming out my mouth where not the words I was tring to say. My 12 year old son knew something was wrong, but I told him I was fine. After about a 2-3 hours from begininng to end of symptoms I was fine. I was scared embaressed and confussed. I did not go to the doctor till the next day because it was very late. I was actually watch your news at 11pm when mine hit. I am just glad that you are okay, and just wanted to let you know most of us understand and are just glad you are fine. Complicated Migraines who would have thought.. so simialur to a mini stroke.

  66. littlemissdarkcloud says:

    Serene, as soon as I saw this, I could totally relate. I have had complex migraines most of my life. Migraines with neurological symptoms, early signs are puzzle-like vision, garbled speech, numbness or tingling in hands or face, lastly pain on one side of head. Bright lights trigger mine, that is something to be very aware of for the future, esp. since you have those bright lights in your face when you are live.

  67. Vic Livingston says:

    Question: Is Serene Branson a member of a minority group?

    Has her reporting exposed wrongdoing — or angered convicts known for targeting their victims with violence?

    Is it possible that her background/lifestyle, personally and as a journalist, got her “targeted” by the organized community brownshirts who engage in so-called “organized gang stalking” — which appears to be directed by a military contractor engaged in “black ops” against Americans targeted as “dissidents,” whistle-blowers, or slandered as wrongdoers? These are the same types some believe may have been behind the recent murder of a well-known Hollywood publicist.

    I must agree with the comment of “Steve Jobs,” above, who says of the migraine diagnosis, “Ain’t buyin’ it.”

    For your consideration, from the journalist who posted earlier:

    http://nowpublic.com/world/rule-law-morality-die-usa-fusion-center-slow-kill-genocide

  68. Mindy says:

    I am so very happy to know that Serene is feeling better and can get back to work and to her life.

    Complex migraines are a very frightening occurrence and are debilitating for their duration. I have been getting the same complex migraines now for 24 years. I have yet to find a doctor or article with any real answers as to what causes the migraine “mini stroke” symptoms. I do not know if there will be a cure in my lifetime, but I hope that the people of the world that wish to practice medicine will focus more on this area and hopefully, one day rid of these types of headaches.

    I wish Serene all the best in her future endeavors and hope that she experiences very few complex migraines.

  69. Hank Warren says:

    Hopefully she has private medical insurance, not Obamacare which is yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  70. yvonne says:

    Migraines are in the head temples — brain, cortex, and so on — therefore — cause a dysfunction in the brain, similar to stroke victims — so is it not a stroke that we call a severe headache? I would love to see a stat on the people having this and those who actually have been diagnosed with a full blown stroke! I think simply because we come out of the situation faster, without lasting side effects (for now anyway) than a stroke victim does not make it not a stroke! … And a migraine victim does not make it only a headache! What happened to this sweet girl on camera or off must have been so frightening but to minimize the effects of her speech to a severe headache, even a cluster headache — is absurd! I think her position at her work is helping them cover what was and is potentially a dangerous brain malfunction! I do hope she will feel better soon, find less stress in life, and concentrate on her health with food and vacation at this point. Try to work less, relax more, and pay attention to neurological signs but without fear — they help you — your body is talking like you do to an audience but to one important person YOURSELF!!! Listen to it as well as the helpers/doctors for your body and mind know best!!! Good luck !
    I hope many of you suffering — who wrote in can help your-self relax more and feed on the good in life — pay attention to those symptoms!!

    1. Truth says:

      Were you having a complex migraine when you wrote this?

  71. C.P. says:

    The symptoms that she had were the first symptoms my husband had when suffering from Post Infectious Auto Immune Encephalitis. He was misdiagnosed by a leading neurologist in Houston as having a “complicated migrane.” His condition progressed over 11 days and when they finally did a spinal tap the correct diagnosis was confirmed. The prominant physician apologized for the misdiagnosis as my husband never presented the symptom of a stiff neck that is so common with encephalitis.

    This is a very, very rare condition but because the symptoms were identical to the reporters I wanted to mention it. This encephalitis manifests itself AFTER someone has had a viral illness. It is brought about when the immune system has fought of a virus and then goes into hyper overdrive and attacks the brain. My husband made a full and complete recovery but it took time.

    1. yvonne says:

      Hi: C P
      This is a great follow-up! If you know a way to get this information to a channel or news-room so Serene can also read this — you could save her life — it is something to look into! Denial maybe on her part a big matter but she needs to know there are other avenues to consider and rule out if possible!! It may well be only a headache but many have doubts and I too think there is more to it! I sure hope she will be okay but I would pass your info on beyond this page & feedback! if you know how! I am so glad your husband got his health back and is well now!

  72. jeffy j says:

    yeah, those electromagnetic weapons are real, but i am not sure that is the case here Vic

  73. Dianna H. says:

    My daughter & I were watching your live report & knew immediately that something was wrong.. We were both very concerned & hoped that you were being properly attended to. You have always been so professional, you’re beautiful, & you are a real asset to CBS 2 news. I suffer from debilitating migraine headaches but have never experienced an aura like that. Seek regular treatment with a doctor you trust. (I went through 4 neurologists before I found the one that has really helped me. He’s a very well known neurologist in Santa Monica who specializes in headaches of every kind) You might feel embarrassed or be uncomfortable that your story has gone nationwide (maybe worldwide?) but look at it with a different perspective. Your experience has educated thousands upon thousands of people on this complex disorder & will be helpful to others who have it as well as their loved ones who will be exposed to it.
    Thank-you for your service to our community. 🙂

  74. Stayc says:

    I have been a migraine sufferer for the last 16 years. Very similar symtoms however with violent pain. Two strokes later, they found I had a PFO. Mine was unable to be closed, but the addreniline, stress, and strain of the big night may have played a role into why it happened when it did and the severity.

  75. Harry Geyer says:

    Taking feverfew daily for several months will end migraines for most people. Continue to take it daily for a month or more after they have stopped, then slowly wean yourself and see if they return. When the spots first appear, take two feverfew as soon as possible and they should go away.

    My wife preferred Nature’s Way brand. It took about a month before she was free of migraines. She continued to take it daily for over a year because she was so afraid they might return. She gradually weaned herself and they did not return. On the infrequent occasion when the spots would appear, she would take two and the spots went away.

    Also see: http://www.appetitetraining.com

  76. Ed says:

    Serena,
    I have a daughter your age, saw the clip of you and immediately could tell from your eyes that something was wrong. We’re from Rochester NY and wish you well. As a retired police officer, I admire your presence of mind, you did not panic, run or cry. You are a tough young lady and should continue to have a wonderful career ahead of you.

  77. Jaqui Gibbons says:

    Serene:

    I believe you had a TIA caused by a PFO or hole in your heart. We searched for 32 years to find the answer for my daughter. Only one test can confirm it, the bubbles test as listed above in several emails. 25 % of the population has this and experiences the migraines, TIA’s, and everything you have had. I don’t know who is in your area, but we went to Dr.Sherman Sorenson in Salt Lake City, UT for our heart surgery to close the hole. Please contact me if you have questions. We have a lot of experience with this.

  78. Lindy says:

    Hi Jerry, having had the exact same situation, please be sure you do follow up with some medical checkups, I’ve been advised that the episodes are caused by a spasming in certain arterial structures. The slight headache afterwards is fairly demonstrative of atypical migraine attacks, and its best to keep them from occurring if possible. There are some recommended meds. Also, YES, as Ar Amytas says, a check up for tumor is advisable. Good Luck.

  79. Drtfis says:

    She had a T I A migraine my butt

    1. Debbie says:

      You are just mean and nasty…..you wouldnt know until youve had one. If you cant say anything nice dont say anything at all.

  80. Annabanana says:

    It took a neurologist making me sit down with one of his books for me to BELIEVE that is was just a migraine and not a brain tumor. Sheesh, I am hard-headed. Once that happened, I take a couple of Excedrine when I see the flashing lights and carry a couple more just in case that doesn’t knock it out. I see flashing lights in a zigzag and can lose the ability to put a coherent sentence together…numbness only in a really bad one. Take care. I knew it was a migraine the minute I saw the clip.

  81. PowerPC says:

    I have never heard of a migraine causing these symptoms. I have seen strokes in action as my father had several. This was a stoke and I will not be convinced otherwise. Strokes can occur and seem to clear up very quickly. TSI’s are like mini-strokes that occur and clear up quickly but damage is being done to the brain. This woman is fooling herself if she thinks there was nothing serious going on. I hope she gets the medical attention she needs.

    1. Phil says:

      I guess if you never heard of it, it doesn’t exist huh? You are a prime example of a little knowledge being more dangerous than no knowledge at all. And it’s TIA, not TSI. Educate yourself more than you already have because you are lacking some serious understanding of neurology and medicine in general.

  82. Gwenn says:

    Ms. Branson,
    Happy to see that you have been properly diagnosed. After hearing your interview, I can only question the people around you, for not taking you directly to the hospital. But, that is now a moot point. Please take good care of yourself. Your job will be there when you are ready to return. Hope you stay well.

  83. Gary says:

    I notice we have hundreds of medical experts on this issue who dont know what the hell their talking about!!!

  84. JC says:

    Serene, ignore all those imbeciles that will be making fun of this. You are to be admired for getting back out there. I wish you the best of health.

  85. bulbous says:

    How irresponsible of the paramedics to not take her to the hospital-she should’ve had an MRI……………

  86. Dani says:

    I have had the same situation happen multiple imes over the years. It’s a crazy/ scary feelng and I hope everyone stops judging and scaring Serene.

  87. Dennis Douglas says:

    Keep up the good work. You are a fine reporter.

  88. Pags0668 says:

    Medical Experts, smedical experts… who cares, that was some damn funny TV.

    What will she do for an encore?

    1. LoserAbove says:

      Hopefully she will kick your ignorant @ss.

  89. Veronica Ondrejech says:

    Botox and Migraines, why don’t more people know about this procedure?

    Typical, that migraines occur in females more than males, so our doctors just tell us to “avoid our triggers”. Can you really avoid pressure changes that occur with weather changes, bright lights and stress?

    Serene,

    I’m glad you feel better and I’m sorry you had a migraine on live TV. Migraines with the aura are scary, and no one wants to have to deal with one in public let alone on live TV. I used to be a reporter as well and I always had that fear in the back of my mind as I’ve been fighting migraines for over 20 years.

    I am so proud of you turning your experience into an educational experience, especially sharing your thoughts on being afraid and scared. I think it helps people understand that this isn’t just a “headache”.

    As a reporter you want to share a story not “be” the story and I don’t think you intended to be the “poster child” for migraine sufferers, but I do hope that you continue to speak about the experience and educate others on what they are and what you’ve learned.

    I’ve seen so many specialists for migraines and they all say the same thing, learn to know your triggers and avoid them.

    One trigger is stress (good luck with that one) and another is bright lights. That may be difficult to avoid with being a television reporter. One more great one involves pressure changes in the atmosphere (we had a storm in CA this week).

    I’ve tried preventatives, beta blockers, but taking something every day for the occasional migraine doesn’t make sense to me. Nutritional advice might help, magnesium and B vitamins are supposed to help, but not always.

    I’m always looking on the internet and trying to find research or solutions to see what can be done because I’d love to find the best solution. One that I can’t find anywhere is one that has worked fairly well for me is botox for migraines. Ask your neurologist about it and see what he says. I lived in LA and a friend told me about her plastic surgeon in Santa Monica who offered this procedure. They put the botox along the hairline and it stops the migraines from occurring. It worked for me for a few years and then I moved away from LA to San Luis Obispo. I had to call all over to find a doctor who knew about this procedure up here, but I found one and it worked again. You do have to return every 3-4 months and insurance doesn’t cover it (yet). Unfortunately, my Dr. passed away a few months ago in a small plane accident in Mexico while involved in the doctors without borders program. I felt horrible searching for a new doctor but another migraine forced me to look again for a Doctor who offered the procedure. I’ve found one recently but needle placements are a little different and the procedure doesn’t work as well, so there is a science to it. Perhaps you can research this procedure and/or try it, if it works for you as well you can get more information about this procedure out to women who suffer migraines. I’m really amazed this information isn’t more available, it’s pretty much the only thing that has worked for me.

    Again, good luck with the migraines; we all feel for you and wish you the best. Thank you again for sharing your story, that’s what journalism is all about, sharing stories. Based on all these comments it looks like it’s time for your own page or at least a blog.

  90. James says:

    I got something she can garble on…

    1. LimpOneAbove says:

      Guy who talk about women like you can’t get it up. Jack@ss.

  91. MeToo says:

    Tunnel vision,numbness that seems to travel from right hand up all the way up to right side of tongue, neon lights very bothersome,very tired feeling, very scary. Yep, I’ve had the symptoms and the feeling, although not for a couple of years. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Good luck, Serene. I truly hope you don’t get another attack.

  92. dave says:

    What is Chris Matthew’s excuse for his continual gibberish? Or Obama for that matter?

  93. Robin says:

    After watching this story on TV I have to mention that I have the same experiences but only as a direct result of gluten as I have Celiac disease. These migraines ran in my family until we all got diagnosed. Maybe something to look into or at least get the simple blood test to see if you may need a biopsy….
    I actually only saw the story as I am home sick because of gluten and migraines.

  94. Clay in Alexandria Nova says:

    Anybody else laugh their tails off when they first saw it; later found out it was a medical emergency and feel lower than a snake’s belt buckle?

  95. Josh Butts says:

    Damn, why does CBS make this page automatically refresh every few minutes? I’m in the middle of watching the video and the page refreshes and then I have to start all over. Now I’m waiting for the loading bar to reach where I was interrupted. So frustrating!!! Happens on every page on this site.

    I’m glad Serene is ok.

  96. JeAnette says:

    Serene – You’ve handled follow-up interviews with tremendous dignity and grace. I wish you all the best – this too shall pass.

  97. Bobby says:

    So very glad that she is ok, that must’ve been extremely scary!

  98. Tree says:

    I am glad she is doing better and has a diagnosis. As for everyone else, why do you think that because one person had an experience you all have the need to share yours? This is about Serene’s experience that was publicly shared and not willingly so therefore she felt an explanation or update was appropriate. Comments should be on this story not on your desire for attention on your own illness. There are blogs for that. Stay on topic.

  99. Barbara Smith says:

    May I add ona couple more comments? (1) My migraines began at the age of five so please believe the little guys when they tell you. Actually my school picture in kindergarten happened to be taken that day. Very scary.
    (2) Migraines change over time and so do auras.
    (3) Consider the fact that for many people (myself included, thank God) botox injections in the back of the scalp and a couple of places on the temples have shown to be tremendously helpful in reducing the severity of complex migraines. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it helps a lot of people. I get about 20 shots in the scalp every 3 months for this. It takes about 7 to 10 days to help and works pretty well (not perfectly, but better than taking percocet all the time) for 2 months, then wears off over the course of a week or so. Leaves you about 2 weeks to deal with till next appointment.

    No, the shots are not fun. They are sore the next day, but they’re worth it. Also, the FDA just approved the injections for migraine treatment so insurance companies are more likely to pick up the payment. Might consider it.
    (4) If you are on sleeping medication like trazodone, Lunesta or Ambien and have intractable or complex migraine, talk to your doctor to see about getting off those meds. About 2% of those taking these particular sleep aides will experience long lasting headaches. It’s believed to be a higher percentage among migraineurs, but only anecdotal results available for that.

    (5) Ask the doctor about gabapentin (aka neurontin) for pain management if you need something long lasting and shouldn’t take OTC stuff. There are issues about driving and such, but I have found lots fewer problems with gabapentin than with others.

  100. ironvic says:

    I suffered these types of migraines beginning at age 14 and now that I’m in my late 50s, they have mitigated somewhat. A migraine is just about the most horrible of any kind of pain you can experience. The headache, jabs, stings, pounds and sears into your head like a hot tipped spear. There’s los of vision, not darkness, just nothing there, the aura to me looks like an electric 1/2 moon and the loss of coherence is truly frightening, with a deep feeling of impending doom. Even worse is the way people look at you when your speech comes out all garbled and you can’t think of simple words. I once spent an entire morning trying to figure out the significence of the word, “and.”

    My heart goes out to this reporter. To have a private episode play out on TV with other reporters calling your speech gibberish is horrifying, like a secret leper who’s been outed. Migraines aren’t merely “in your head.” They’re real, the symptoms mimic a stroke and there’s a neurological component that is so scary it’s indescribable. I spent most of my life in the emergency medical profession. i always had a soft spot for people suffering strokes. I could literally feel their pain.

    Maybe now, though, people will have more understanding of what migraine sufferers have to go through.

  101. John Ament says:

    As a victim of migraine’s myself, including some classic ones, I can by experience tell everyone who gets them: stay away from artificial sweeteners, except for those like Splenda or Walmart’s Altern. The others, like Equal, will generate migraine’s. Also, it is extremely helpful to find diets that are tyramine free, same as for those people who take MAO-inhibitors for depression. STAY AWAY FROM ASPERTAME ! ! ! Since I’ve done what I’ve outlined above, I’ve had not one debilitating migraine in years, only visual and some reading effects. Peace, J. Ament, Secular Franciscan Order (SFO)

  102. V. Hoover says:

    I suffered the same type of migraine several years ago and went to the ER where they found nothing. Had all tests run for TIA. My dr. at the time knew of my migraines and said I had a migraine without pain but all the same symptons. I knew what I wanted to say, just couldnt’ get it out. Very scary but now i understand. I did have a tremendous series of aoura preceding this event. It is scary but you can find out that your heart and veins are fine. Take care.

  103. ironvic says:

    One thing about the reporting that’s just plain WRONG is that THIS IS NOT SOLELY A WOMAN’S DISEASE! I am a man and my symptoms of migraine are exactly like Serene’s. I really hope they don’t start making this into a woman’s issue and forget that these headaches happen to men and boys as well as women and girls.

    1. MigraineJen says:

      So true. My dad had terrible migraines with aura, and unfortunately I have them too. I think maybe they associate them w/ women because of the hormonal issue. It’s just that not enough research has been done and attention paid to this disease, and eventually it will be realized that it’s an actual disease affecting so many more people than we know now. These comments are making me want to cry, because it’s finally being discussed! Good luck to you!

      1. David Kaplan says:

        I like to make a comment on Serene’s disease. Wow ! Now she is all better.

  104. cubicspace says:

    As they say in LA, timing is everything.

    Im a 47 yr old male. Never a mental glitch in my life. Two days ago at aprox 4 pm my vision got “weird”.-(blind spots and artifacts) and within a few minutes- it lasted maybe 10 minutes altogether – i couldnt read simple words on my computer screen or then printed material as i treid to read everthing i could around me. I was alone so i dont remember if i tried to speak out loud.. I just got my shoes on and got ready to call 911. I waited a few minutes, my eyes cleared and the ability to read came back. Then 2 hrs later i had a severe headache above my left eye brow, and for a few more minutes had reading/thinking problems. I took two ibuprofin and felt super tired,and decided to rest my eyes.

    I Woke up the next day fine, but had NO idea what had occured, I thought “stroke” as it occured, but since I and almost everyone else has no insurance or ability to pay for medical assistance anymore, id let it go.

    I didnt find any info under aphasia/sight on the web that seemed to help me find out what had happened.

    Tonight I saw the national coverage, and the “Migraine connection” and within a few moments had found descriptions and information of “exactly” what I had happen to me all over the web.

    Lets hope for both of us, it was a first and last time event.

    Best to you,

    LR.

  105. CA says:

    I had nearly the same thing happen to me about 25 years ago. Garbled speech, tingling/numbness in right hand and lower arm and my vision in my right eye went strange…like I’d seen a bright flash of light that only affected that eye. Left eye was normal.
    ER thought TIA but a CAT scan was clear. Neurologist diagnosed it as a migraine without the accompanying pain. I’d never heard of that.
    The following day there was a slight amount of pain behind my LEFT eye, particularily when I would bend over.
    Happened only that one time.

  106. M. Parker says:

    I suffer from this type of migraine (often referred to simply as “a-typical” migraines and not that I am glad it happened, but it is nice to know I’m not the only one. These can be controlled with the help of a good neurologist and medication (I am on Verapami). They are debilitating and often embarrassing, not to mention very scary. They leave you helpless. I lose my speech, motor skills on my entire left side and my vision is blurry. I’m so sorry that you have this condition, but know there are others like you out there and that they really can be controlled. Good luck to you!

  107. ManyAreCalled says:

    Stop complaing about a little headache and get back to work!

  108. Ellie Kennedy says:

    Please contact me concerning your migraine issue. I am working with a doctor who is working with the #1 specialist in Hemiplegia migraine which looks like a stroke. I have been on EVERY medication possible and I am finally on the correct one. I would be very happy to help you. I tested positive for familialial hemiplegia migraine II. It is rare and very scary and it CAN lead to a stroke.

    Good luck.

  109. Gayle Palton says:

    Migraines strike people who are perfectionist, and have an abnormal need to control everything around them, especially their public images. I used to have them, got therapy for my controlling impulses, and now I don’t have them. Everyone I have know that had migraines were controllers who, at the drop of a hat, felt life was “out of control”, or out of their control. Talk therapy and getting to know one’s real self works miracles for migraines and nearly every other ailment.

    1. MigraineJen says:

      Or……….The out of control feeling from suffering from migraines causes a need to control?

      Migraine is an inherited disease–not a symptom of perfectionism.

  110. Col. Austin Travis says:

    All this hugging and acting like she did something so heroic, give me a break. Sure, it was maybe Americas Funniest Videos material but come on, she’s a professional who had a bad night. All you numb skulls now analyzing this material and diagnosing yourselves the same need to stop. Some of you may just speak this way, some of you may be suffering from a birth defect, or perhaps you are all fools who watch too much TV. Besides she is pretty hot and doesn’t really need to speak. ZING!

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  111. MigraineJen says:

    If this makes sense to you, you have migraines:

    “My teeth and hair hurt!”

  112. BULLENSIGN says:

    Commentators who downplay migranes are fortunate never to have had them…or dumb enough to disparange them.

  113. Elisa De La Torre says:

    Serene,
    I also suffer from migraines also so I can understand how it must feel may God Bless You and may you get well soon.

  114. K. Banks says:

    I have been diagnosed with the exact same class of migraines that Ms. Branson has encountered. I get the normal migraine headache, confusion, difficulty talking, inability to see properly, sensitive to noise, light, loss of motor skills, numbness is my right hand and right leg and also dropping of the right side of my face. I experience and have been dealing with it since i was 11, I am not 28. When I was younger these migraines were triggered by chocolate or caffeine. As I got older i somewhat grew out of them and do not have them as frequent. However, I have no idea what triggers them now and it can be difficult to deal with especially when you are alone out and about somewhere. I do feel the frustration that Ms. Branson felt because you know what you want to say but cannot convey that verbally. My neurologist has given me medication but that only takes away the pain from the migraine and not the rest of the symptoms. It seems sleep is the only way to make the other symptoms subside. I have been afraid to leave the house not knowing when the next time this will happen. I just wish there was a definitive answer for us all that suffer from this as to what exactly causes this. Best of luck to you Ms. Branson.

    1. P. White says:

      Please try taking magnesium pills. I used to have severe migraines, and my neurologist just prescribed medicines with bad side effects. I read in an alternative doctor newsletter that migraines could be caused by magnesium deficiency. A month after I started taking Mag Tab SR, my migraines disappeared. I hope this works for you too.

  115. Robert says:

    I was going to say it could be a migraine the garbelled speech is fairly common. I used to get severe migraines and I got slured speech one time.

    I no a lady who always got migraines that way.

    If YOU get migraines do this experiment for me !

  116. Robert says:

    If you get migraines do this experient for me …

    Cut these things out of your diet:

    1. Raisins, they are the WORST, check lables raisins are used in place of sugar.,
    2. Yogurt
    3. Fresh bread or pasties warm out of the oven., 4. Cheese crackers listing, “yeast”, as an indavidual ingredient, they add this to make them taste more cheesy.
    5. Chapstic

    Please, let me know what your results are and I will followup with more information on what really causes migraines !

  117. migraine sufferer says:

    I had my first migraine at 12. My scariest one, however, was at age 22, when I had the same symptoms as Ms. Branson.

    No one should have to go through this.

    Feel better soon.

    1. JAG says:

      I would like to take this opportunity to wish Serene Branson a prompt recovery, I would also encourage her to get herself thoroughly checked by a specialist to rule out any future complications.. Take care

  118. Mrs. A. Norton says:

    I suffered a very similar experience about 40 years ago (slurred speech, one sided motor loss, excruciating migraine/nausea). And, like some of the previous comments, the only relief came with sleep & no exposure to sensory (light & noise) stimuli. I too was working at the time of my episode, ironically in a hospital. Like Ms Branson, I checked out fine after EEG & Brain scan to rule out stroke & tumor. And, the good news I wanted to share is that it never happened to me again. I had other less intense migraines, but never again the scary debilitating complex one. I hope this will turn out to be one isolated experience for Ms Branson as well.

  119. m.s. sucks says:

    please seek out further testing to rule out multiple scerosis !
    good luck and best wishes to ms. branson.

  120. emg says:

    Serene,
    I am a cardiologist. Please make sure your doctors looked for a PFO or patent foramen ovale as a contributing factor to your episode. A PFO is a connection between the upper two heart chambers and is associated with migraines with and without aura, as well as stroke and mini-stroke or TIA. The best test to diagnosis a PFO is called a transcranial doppler study or TCD. I cannot imagine that this diagnosis was not considered by your physicians but thought I would at least mention it.
    Regards.

    1. publius_option says:

      And how much would you be paid for this, or is it just defensive medicine?

  121. Robert Baker MD says:

    A dropping caffeine level is a major cause of migraine when combined with hereditary factors. If any patient takes in caffeine (coffee, even if enough caffeinated soda is taken in), and then the intake drops for a number of hours, that can set off first the vasodilation that causes the headache, then the vasoconstriction that in this case, cut off blood supply in a critical area of the brain temporarily. The solution is NOT to keep drinking coffee, but near total abstaining. Migraine is very common; “pseudostroke” is very rare; I’ve only seen one similar case (in a 35 year old woman) in several decades of clinical practice. Her entire “stroke” lasted 15 minutes, then she returned to normal.
    It is reassuring to see that Ms. Branson is totally well now, and viewers are all happy that an expert neurologist and cardiologist have determined she is well. It would not be a surprise is neither mentioned the caffeine. The subject of emphasis on prevention is a whole different issue.
    If anyone reading this knows Seren Branson, there is of course one way to determine if caffeine was a factor. Ask her about caffeine intake!
    Robert Baker MD
    Cherry Hill, NJ

  122. KS in Florida says:

    I have read all of these and feel compelled to write. I was having the exact same attacks a few years ago. Tested for stroke & possible MS. Was diagnosed the exact same auro atypical migraines. Found that I had developed a sensitivity to asparatame – AKA Equal & Nutrasweet. Been none to always choose diet soft drinks, artificial sweetners, diet jello, etc. But, it’s in everything! gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, cereal – even items that are not marked “diet”. And don’t be fooled by other similar products with the same “engineered” ingredients named hydroginated soybean protein, lethicin, etc. Always read the labels. My take that Serene and all the writers have at varying levels exposed themselves to asparatame and this is what triggered their episodes. I can go over a year and suddenly I’ll have an attack – retrace my steps and find I injested something that had one of those ingredients slipped in and I didn’t catch it. READ ALL LABELS!

  123. Jonathan Moore says:

    Can you please take this junky off the air? In case management doesn’t know already, ‘very very heavy bertation’ are insane words coming from a temporarily insane person. I don’t appreciate having to have drug talks with my inquisitive 9 year old but I was forced to since she understand my aura when I get migraines and need quiet. My 9 year old knew something was wrong with her and calls her crazy. That’s too much. If you don’t do something about it I will with the FCC!

  124. media_hack says:

    Call it for what it was, DRUGS. Yeah, media lackeys use drugs too.
    Never believe the media.

  125. J. Iseman says:

    I had the exact same experience 6 weeks ago and was skeptical when I got the same diagnosis. Thank you Serene for sharing your story – it made me less skeptical about my own diagnosis.
    Just saw you on the Today show – you look well. Hope your are doing fine and that you never have this experience again.

    Best wishes for your continued good health.

  126. Frances says:

    After having experienced a very similar migraine as Ms. Branson’s – and witnessed by my husband during a phone call – it is a very scary and unnerving experience. I, like Ms. Branson, had the slurred speech and, although I knew what I wanted to say, the words just came out as garbled speech. My migraine was also a “silent migraine” and subsequent MRI found no evidence of any affected areas of my brain, which verified it was a migraine and not a stroke. It is sad to see the insensitivity of some people in some of the posts here. Migraines are terrible headaches and, unless you have experienced one, you do not know how traumatizing they can be. It is a blessing in disguise that this happened while Ms. Branson was on the air, because it raises awareness of the severity of migraines, and, hopefully, more people are educated about the seriousness of this condition.

  127. LOU says:

    she is finished! they got rid of mia lee no explanation, also, after 37 white women are not in demand for tv, Laura Diaz and pat harvey have been there over 40 years.

  128. DOn choquette says:

    Probable t.I.a., possible mild stroke.
    Should have two days in hospital to run tests to detect permanent damage and potential for future risk.

  129. GozieBoy says:

    I am sorry for this news lady and the fact that she will now be limited to filmed episodes and support work, as obviously she can no longer do any live work.

  130. MB Skinnell says:

    I too suffer from hemiplegic migraines. The first one I had was very scarey. Now that I know what symptoms to look for, I can take my medication before it goes into a full migraine. For those who do not know me and see me when it happens it is fightening. I thank God for my family and staff who can recoginze the symptoms and tell me to take my medication. The hemiplegic migraines can cause damage, as I have been diagonised with problems in the working memory of my brain. With medicaiton and therapy things are looking better.

  131. Jim from Palo Alto says:

    that was so sad i feel so badly for her how embarrassing get well soon serene!

  132. dude says:

    That chick was sooooo wasted!!! migrain, riiiiggghhhttt…..

  133. Kim Baliey says:

    It seems to me a case too much cocaine.
    Cocaine will slurr your speech and scramble your brain.
    She’s a crack head for sure.She was seen snorting crack with a Knee grow

  134. Kent says:

    Poor baby – why is this news? Leave her alone, god who cares?

  135. Yhni says:

    Extreme migraine pain is a standard in pain analysis by which other pain is measured by many medical experts. Many who have experienced ( usually Cluster) migraine are unable to post their opinion. Why? Because after becoming irrational from the tormenting pain they ended their lives. They are called “suicide migraines” even in the medical profession.

    I expect hear a lot of rude comments regarding this post, but those who understand migraine (I understand we do not all have “suicide” migraines), know they have one more supporter.

    Migraine is one of those things you can’t possibly understand unless you experience it yourself. At the risk of being blasted, I will add that I’ve known a few people that thought their really horrible headaches were migraines…and then they had an electrochemical/vascular migraine.

    I’m not judging anyone’s pain or claim to migraine here. I’m just pointing out that certain kinds lead to suicide, being that unbearable. Ever hear of anyone committing suicide over a tension headache?

    1. brian says:

      I have that fear ever monment of every day

  136. David says:

    Serene:

    I had a similar incident in the late evening about ten years ago. My wife took me to the hospital, where they ran myriad tests. After a day and a half of tests, and even though I had informed them I was a classic migraine sufferer and this event only lasted minutes, they diagnosed the incident as a TIA (transient ischemic attack).

    I had a classic migraine the next evening, but I haven’t had one since. I had suffered infrequent (maybe once or twice a year) migraines to that point in my life (early 40s). I would be very interested to find out how this event fits in with your other migraine experiences.

  137. SourPuss says:

    It was classic “Blonde” syndrome. She simply stumbled over her words and didn’t recover. Just like the beauty queen a while back (also blonde). Now the studio executives want to try to cover it up with this BS story of her having a migraine. I’m not buying it!!

  138. SourPuss says:

    Since many of you may not recognize it, my previous post was sarcasm. I had a T.I.A. shortly after my divorce and it caused temporary blindness and was frightening as hell. Not sure if that is what happened to her, but it’s a possibility.

  139. david says:

    I have the same thing (migraine with aura). Very simple if you want to prevent it: absolutely no caffeine, ever (this includes chocolate) and eat a lot of almonds (for the magnesium). Now I rarely get it.

  140. Fluidizer says:

    How could a woman in medical distress be released back to the streets without a thought by a Liberal, enlightened, all Caring, All loving State controlled Network such as CBS?

  141. Vicki says:

    Very scary! I have been a migraine sufferer all my adult life. Now that I juice every day (carrots, celery, spinach, ginger, beets, parsley) I rarely get a migraine. It has completely changed my life! I feel 3,000 percent better and no drugs…life is good!!! I hope that helps you!

  142. Vinny says:

    This is still news?

  143. MDMD says:

    While this is a common aura associated with migraines, Serene’s doctors should investigate the possibility of a patent foramen ovale (PFO), which is a hole in the heart that shouldn’t be present in adults.

  144. Ed Norton says:

    ha ha
    All this hugging and acting like she did something so heroic, give me a break. Sure, it was maybe Americas Funniest Videos material but come on, she’s a professional who had a bad night. All you numb skulls now analyzing this material and diagnosing yourselves the same need to stop. Some of you may just speak this way, some of you may be suffering from a birth defect, or perhaps you are all fools who watch too much TV. Besides she is pretty hot and doesn’t really need to speak. ZING!

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  145. Darby Wooten says:

    I’m glad that you went public with your story. I’ve had a history of headaches off & on. And also had a similar episode about 4 years ago that included the same symptoms with onset of a severe headache. Then experienced total blindness in one eye for about 5 hours. Doctors did multiple tests but never really found the cause & just said it may have been mini TIA’s from a stroke but never confirmed a cause.

  146. Jane says:

    Migranes seem to be so severe and prevelent. I had them for many, many years until menopause and after that very few, thank GOD. I had one that made me completely blind. Totally. Saw an Eye Specialist and he diagnosed it as migraine. Talk about scared to death. I had to drive myself and I was afraid I would be blind again on the way. But I had no other way to get there. I will pray for all of you. They were in my family as I recall my Grandmother having them like I did. I hope you are ALL getting help. The medicine is not good, I hated it.

  147. Will says:

    It is likely that she experienced what is sometimes called a Basilar Artery Migraine (BAM for short). These types of migraines can come on instantly, with little or no warning. They are extremely tense and the pain is off the chart.

    The cause is essentially a muscle spasm. Along the interior of every artery are small muscles that can contract just like any other muscle. A BAM involves the muscles along the Basilar artery which runs through a person’s brain stem. The artery has multiple branches and depending on where the spasm is located will cause slightly differing characteristics amongst sufferers. The spasm causes the artery to close off and thereby restricts blood flow in the brain.

    As you can see, the result can be very similar to a classic stroke. Unlike a stroke caused by a blood clot, with a BAM, once the artery stops its spasm, the blockage goes away, making diagnosis very difficult. Worse, it the headache is not dealt with and the spasms are not quickly brought under control, the arterial muscle spasms can worsen rapidly and it can result in an actual stroke, brain damage, and even death. It is also possible for the BAM to cause an aneurysm by causing the artery wall to perforate.

    Most doctors have heard that certain pain medications are ineffective in dealing with migraines. So they try to steer patients away from narcotics in favor of steroids and other treatments. However, unlike some migraines, narcotics can be very effective in stopping the muscle spasms from continuing as the narcotics have the effect of relaxing the entire body. A combination of narcotic pain medication, muscle relaxers, and certain blood pressure medications can prove to be very effective in reducing the occurrence of BAM headaches or if one has already started to reduce the duration of the headache. Doctors who are reluctant to use aggressive pain relief can prolong the duration of the BAM, which may lead to the BAM worsening and causing an actual stroke.

    BAM migraines are rare (only 1 in 500 migraine sufferers get them), but those who get them essentially will do ANYTHING to prevent another from coming on.

    I myself experience them. Five years ago, I spent nearly a full week in the hospital as the docs tried to get a BAM to stop. I was on morphine for 4 days and essentially unable to move without experiencing extreme pain. While lying there, the pain was horrible, but even the smallest movement increased the pain. While I did not experience numbness in my arms, my fingers tingled and I saw auras around everything (which is typical of these types of headaches). The auras vibrated in time with my heart rate. According to the images from the MRI, my basilar artery was constricting to roughly 50% of its normal diameter, which means that the less than 20% of the normal blood flow was getting through. When my doctor saw the MRI results that showed the constriction of my basilar artery, she asked my how it was possible that I was even conscious. Believe me, I wish I had not been conscious. It was the worse pain I’ve ever experienced. And, lucky me, I get to have these wonderful events every few weeks or so.

    Hopefully, she won’t suffer this again and this was a 1 time event. But, if I were a betting man, she will have several more.

  148. victor says:

    ed Norton;

    Wanna hear about someone do something spectacular while enduring an excruciating migraine? I was once watching an L.A. Lakers game and Kareem Abdul Jabbar was wiping the boards with the opposing team. he played phenomenally, basketball at it’s hard-driving finest. One of the commentators said that that night Jabbar was playing in the throes of an intense migraine. That’s what professionals do, they endure and prevail. serene did a fine job of reporting. if she wasn’t having a dysfunction brain episode and under intense pain you’d hardly notice it with her on-air persona, smooth, professional, poised– it cut through through the fear and pain.

    You couldn’t hold a candle to these people you clown.

    1. Ed Norton says:

      I like jabbar. Not sure how Serene can be in the same league as him, but anyway thanks for bringing him up. I especially like his cameo in airplane the movie. I also like leslie nielson as the zany dr character, I bet he could help with the migraines. Anyway thanks bringing a true legend into this local “who gives a flying f#$%” story.
      Cheers

  149. Bee says:

    On his radio show last week, Kevin Trudeau claims she’d recently had an influenza vaccine.

    That can cause a severe inflammatory response in the brain.

  150. Doreen H. says:

    I am probably not the first person to suggest this, but Ms. Branson needs a cardiac echo. We have treated patients like her, who have a previously undiagnosed hole in the heart. It may not have led to her problem, but does need to be checked.

  151. bertje bouvier says:

    epic fail.

  152. page says:

    Wow. Thanks for talking about what happened to your speech while reporting. So many people who don’t get migraines, don’t understand or even believe all all that can happen during an episode. Some people can be downright rude in their suggetions to “pull up your socks” or “it’s just a bad headache”. Over the years, I’ve found that even some doctors are ignorant about migraines. When my daughter, then 12yrs old had migraines a doctor actually said said that “all headaches were a learned behavior,” implying that my daughter actually told me she “learned” them from me. Thank goodness recent strides have been made in treatment, prevention–to some degree, and understanding of this neurological disorder. You’ve added to the understanding by speaking about what happened to you. Thank you. Wishing you health and the best in life.

  153. Stephanie says:

    So glad she is doing well! I understand this as it happened to me last year just 10 minutes after arriving to work. So glad Serene finally told her story on “The Talk” as well. Good luck in all you do!

  154. Michael White says:

    Hello Serene;

    I am glad to see your feeling better. Belive me , I understand just how bad Migranes can make you feel. I have suffered with them for most of my life and they can range form mildly annoying to out for three days. The worst I ever had basically parylized me for three days. So; I can understand, just keep you chin up an know that you are not alone.
    God Bless…

  155. Bonnie says:

    Bonnie

    Hello Serene:

    I am glad you are doing better and this was not a stoke. In April 2007, I was taken to the emergency room with all symtoms of having a stoke. I was flown to UVA hospital (Charlottesville, Virginia) and was given every test (neruological) one could have. After all test were good, I too was diagnosed with a complex migraine headache. The neurologist said it was related to stress, hormonal (change of life), red wine, and fermented cheese. I had a glass of red wine that night with dinner and have tested myself ( I like red wine) and have found I am alergic to red wine. I had cheese that night but it was not fermented.

    I was a few months recovering from these symtoms but am doing much better now. I do not take any medication and bascially watch what I do not to bring these symtoms on. Living in West Virginia, I do have to be careful with cold weather and of course no red wine.

    Take care of yourself, and thank God this was not a stoke. It was a very scary thing for me and my husband, who is a dentist and I am very thankiful he was close by when this happen.

  156. Jonathan says:

    This discussion dramatically illustrates how severely misunderstood and misdiagnosed migraine can be. It is a severe and complicated neurological disease, that affects people in wildly different ways. And the symptoms can change over time in each affected person. At the Migraine Research Foundation we are dedicated to raising the funds to support the researchers looking for the answers. One of those researchers is the doctor whom Ms. Branson’s neurologist consulted with at UCLA. PLEASE Check us out: migraineresearchfoundation.org. If you are a sufferer, or know one, please consider a small investment in finding proper treatments and a cure!

  157. Bridgette says:

    Sometimes I will get headaches either right before that time of the month, or during that week. I’ve never gone to the doctor for headaches, b/c up until now, I’ve never had any, even when I was pregnant… What happens is my eyes become very sensitive to light – either sun or lamps. Then out of the corner of my eyes, it looks like a blurry running movie.. As time goes by, the blurriness goes from the corners of my eyes to right straight ahead of me. By that time, my head is pouning. however I’ve learned since this started happening, about a year ago, that I should take some Tylenol, or whatever I have at that time around, to beat the migraine so to speak…

  158. Jeff says:

    Please take care, maybe a bit of rest?

  159. Treasa B says:

    I have always had migraines since I was a child. About three years ago, I woke up with one and the right side of my face was paralyzed. It went away after the migraine went away. After that I started having slurred speech, numbness in my hands and arms, could not hold onto things, had blackouts and other things. I was told I was using too much medicaiton, having a stroke, and much more. I finally was diagnosed with Hemipledgic Migraines that are familia, runs in families. Now my migraines are under control, but i still have the slurred speech at times, which are due to the preventive medicaitons. So basically, I have to have migraines, or loose my job due to the side effects of the preventve medications. Where is the ADA when you really need them?

  160. the world of hemiplegic migraine says:

    goodness, what a host of comments.

    1) a complex migraine with weakness is a hemiplegic complex migraine not a basilar migraine (another type of complex migraine).

    2) yes, it is sad that Midrin is being taken off the market, it’s a wonderful drug. it is also contraindicated for complex migraine.

    3) the disbelief, the negativity, the lack of human compassion, saying she’s drunk, that is, unfortunately, the experience of many of us with HM and is simply a part of the illness. even ER doctors will do this.

    4) yes, there are many, many triggers and they are different for everyone. yes, flashing lights, caffeine, chocolate, hormonal fluctuation, barometric pressure changes, and the list goes on. . .

    5) yes, there are many illness (mostly serious ones) that mimc this like stroke, TIA, cardiac problems, etc., most of us with this illness have been extensively tested to elimiate the possibility of everything from MS to brain infection.

    6) VERAPAMIL is the drug of choice for hemiplegic migraine, hands down.

    Serene, hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones that gets this once or twice a year. It can be a very serious illness. Imagine if you will having episodes so intense they knock you unconscious. Imagine having episodes every day, sometimes four or five times a day. Now, you have entered my world. I now have brain damage and am crippled with unresolving hemiperisis. I lost my graduate school career and may soon lose my home. I walk like Captain Jack Sparrow. And that’s on a good day.

    Please try not to mock what you do not understanding. Your ignorance will be showing.

    My loves to you, Serene. I am sorry that you have joined our little world.

    1. Sharen says:

      Hi there, I am SO sorry that you have had to go through the debilitating pain involved with those migraine headaches. It sounds horrible..Over the past week I have seen two different sides of people, the goodness in people and the nastiness in people. In one sense, seeing the outpouring of love for Serene, who I Have been told is the nicest person you can ever meet..she has her whole life ahead of her, she went through a horrible ordeal..she could have died, I wonder if those same people who mock her would have been laughing then..the outpouring of support for her has been wonderful..and seeing her back on the news doing what she was born to do is really nice to see..then you see the other side of the coin, you see the sheer nastiness from people, the ones calling her names, like “Dumb blond” and “She is obviously on drugs” they see a video for 15 seconds and they think that they know her entire life story, like they know her..they don’t know ANYTHING yet they think its in their right to judge.
      I have had horrible migraine headaches as well, none to the severity that Serene has had, what she basically had was to a T what a stroke looks like. Its instantly what I thought what she had when I saw the video.. Thank God she is going to be Ok, but she will always have to be concerned about this happening again. I know someone who the exact same thing happened to and two years later she had an aneurysm so its something to keep in mind.
      Its really great to see Serene back on TV and I hope that in time, she can somehow move on with her life from this..but for the haters who trash her, mock her, and make fun of her..ya know what they say about karma right..well, I am a firm believer in it and trust me, what goes around comes around so its NEVER right to make fun of others, especially someone who is suffering with a real illness.
      God Bless you Serene, you just keep on doing what your doing..we here in LA have your back!

  161. Jonathan says:

    This discussion — the comments from migraine sufferers, and the comments from the folks who aren’t taking them seriously — dramatically illustrates how severely misunderstood and misdiagnosed migraine can be. It is a severe and complicated neurological disease, that affects people in wildly different ways. And the symptoms can change over time in each affected person. At the Migraine Research Foundation we are dedicated to raising the funds to support the researchers looking for the answers. One of those researchers is the doctor whom Ms. Branson’s neurologist consulted with at UCLA. PLEASE Check us out: migraineresearchfoundation.org. If you are a sufferer, or know one, please consider a small investment in finding proper treatments and a cure! This discussion dramatically illustrates how severely misunderstood and misdiagnosed migraine can be. It is a severe and complicated neurological disease, that affects people in wildly different ways. And the symptoms can change over time in each affected person. At the Migraine Research Foundation we are dedicated to raising the funds to support the researchers looking for the answers. One of those researchers is the doctor whom Ms. Branson’s neurologist consulted with at UCLA. PLEASE Check us out: migraineresearchfoundation.org. If you are a sufferer, or know one, please consider a small investment in finding proper treatments and a cure! For the doubters, please take a look at this report on the winner of one of our recent grants, and the impact research can have: http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-olemiss-migraine022311,0,656413.story

  162. Greg Kirksey says:

    Serene I’m glad you are okay but I want to encourage you to do some research of what i believe could be the cause of your migraines and not just the consequences. Check out the symptoms of a PFO. One in five persons have a PFO and are believed to often be the cause behind migraines and especially the symptoms exhibited in your on air speech problem. Hope you get this and check it out. My mom just had her PFO repaired and is already much better.

    1. JlyLarkspur says:

      YES, Greg, that is exactly what I thought! In my comment a few days ago, I said I hoped Serene got a cardiac echo. We have seen & treated many patients who had her symptoms, with a non-surgical closure device. Thank you for sharing the story about your Mom, & I’m glad she is doing better.

  163. chris says:

    hey sarene take care of yourself

  164. Peter says:

    I truly wonder sometimes why there is so much hate in America and why anyone would mock what his woman went through on national TV! Where has our compassion gone? Truly shameful of us! Thank God she is OK! It must have been so terrifying!

  165. Richard Snyder says:

    Dear Serena

    In 1967 while at breakfast, getting ready for school, for a couple of minutes my speech turned to mumble-gibberish. Nothing I said made sense. We all laughed till we cried. After a couple of minutes my speech returned to normal. This was the first of several symptoms that led to a diagnosis of MS. I was 17 then, 62 now and MS is still here but life is really good. Please consider looking into this and having yourself checked for MS. Best wishes. Good luck.
    Richard Snyder

  166. Vic Livingston says:

    BREAKTHROUGH: LONDON DAILY MAIL LINKS TV PRESENTER MELTDOWNS TO MILITARY WEAPON MICROWAVE ATTACKS. This first happened to me SEVEN YEARS AGO. It took five years for me to learn the truth. My links can be found at NowPublic(dot)com/scrivener (main articles above my bio).
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  167. Rick D. Crisp says:

    Ms. Branson, my name is Rick Crisp. I watched with great interest, and have followed this to this day. The good morning America segment this morning, 4/5/11 is now saying that this is the latest conspiracy theory that the government is some how involved in this. I find this insulting to our intelligence. I to suffered exactly what happened to you on 6/27/10, and then again almost a month to the day later. This time I went to the emergency room, I explained to the E.R. staff that I felt that this was brout on by a severe medication reaction, as I had started to take the anti depressant Effexor in early June of 2010. Within a week after starting this medication I started to notice my eyes had several times gave me tunnel vision, or they would not be able to focus on a horizontal level. This even happened twice when I was operating my car, then the next time I was riding my Harley. Since the first episode on 6/27/10, I have been left with a severe constant headache and have to take serious pain medications. I would like to correspond with you about this, as I have never had migraine problems in my life. I can be reached at the email address I submitted, as I am curious if you have had further issues with this, and cannot get a physician to go on record to even acknowledge this fact my wife has even witnessed this when confronting my P.C.P. and the neurologists start acting really “dumb”. my current physician has told me off the record that this was an “unfortunate incident” but will not go on record saying this. I am desperate for answers. Thank You. RDC.

  168. Dr. Jerry Zelm says:

    I suffered the same problem as a teenager, while sitting in a classroom at my high school. After spending a week in the hospital my mother took me to the Gonstead Chiropractic Clinic in Mt. Horeb, WI. X-rays revealed a vertebra that was rotated and causing nerve pressure. After one adjustment by Dr. Gonstead this great pressure and headache was lifted and I became normal again. Eventually i became a chiropractor, myself, and discovered that the problem I had came from an earlier episode as a child when I landed on my head and neck. It took years for the “aphasia” problem to reveal itself, but when it did it was terrible. After 36 years in practice I wrote a book about it titled, “What Your Doctor Never Told You.” It’s available on Amazon.

  169. migraineur says:

    Thank you so much, Serene, for your postive attitude in taking this issue forward. Glad you’re better!

  170. wildcatherder says:

    I’m glad that Serene’s prognosis is good. However, her syntax in the final quote seems seriously mangled. Since I am not acquainted with her, it is possible she has always spoken in this manner.
    Also, there is a problem with the web site designer. The fields below this comment box clearly show Name OR Email. Yet the comment will not post without both. Is this a CBS thing?

  171. Kenny Phung says:

    Dear Serene Branson;

    (Please forward this message to Serene if you are not she)

    My name is Kenny Phung 69 years old retired and live in San Diego with my family. I tries hard to contact you after I seen your problems on TV. I also had have same as this migraine problems since I was young teen, I had try many different method to stop this problems, medications, herbs, acupuncture and other replacement therapy (alternative treatments) to treat my headaches, all of this method only work for temporally effect. But I did not give up, I kept trying to find a permanent effect to treat it. Fortunately, about 25 years ago I found a perfect idea to control this health problem, the process of this method is simple, that just use a right method to wash a right place everyday, since I kept using this cleaning method everyday, my migraine headaches totally disappeared in my life, I want to share this experience to you and expect this discovered could also work for your problem. Please contact me at phungkenny@gmail.com, I will send you more details.

    Kenny Phung

  172. Kenny Phung says:

    Dear Serene Branson;

    (Please forward this message to Serene if you are not she)

    My name is Kenny Phung 69 years old retired and live in San Diego with my family. I tries hard to contact you after I seen your problems on TV. I also had have same as this migraine problems since I was young teen, I had try many different method to stop this problems, medications, herbs, acupuncture and other replacement therapy (alternative treatments) to treat my headaches, all of this method only effect for temporally. But I did not give up, I kept trying to find a permanent effect to treat it. Fortunately, about 25 years ago I found a perfect idea to control this health problem, the process of this method is simple, that just use a right method to wash a right place everyday, since I kept using this cleaning method everyday, my migraine headaches totally disappeared in my life, I want to share this experience to you and expect this discovered could also work for your problem. Please contact me at phungkenny@gmail.com, I will send you more details.

    Kenny Phung

  173. Frank Stewart says:

    I suffered a migraine like this last week and I was the most horrifying experience of my life. My family has a history of migraines and aneurysms, so I was terrified when it happened.

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  177. ihateaspartame says:

    My guess is aspartame or nutrasweet. Funny how we keep creating pills and chemicals to pump into our bodies and yet we are so surprised when people have reactions like this.

    do some research on aspartame, how it got approved, who was involved and you’ll see the FDA sold out. The cost is our health.

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    Hmm i hope you don’t get annoyed with this question, but how much does a site like yours earn?

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