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Hemiplegic Migraine Stroke
I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine. Is this dangerous? Am I more likely to get a stroke?
Yes: Migraines are associated with somewhat increased risk of stroke. You should do your best to minimize risk by not smoking and not taking birth control pills. Do not let a doctor prescribe triptan medications like Imitrex (sumatriptan) and others, or ergotamine medications for 'complex' migraines. Migraine preventative meds should be considered and you should talk to your doctor about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is a relatively rare migraine. However I am familiar, through family members, with this diagnosis. Since this is a relatively rare diagnosis, the internet will not be very helpful confirming this diagnosis. You will need a physician (neurologist) who has experience with the symptoms to provide you with a reasonable answer. Unfortunately, we're talking about the ...Read more
How would someone tell the difference between a hemiplegic migraine and a tia? Dont both of them have similar symptoms that go away after awhile?
Migaine hurts a lot: Tia typically does not cause pain, or only little. Migraine, on the other hand, often hurts quite a bit, as well as being a recurrent thing. Migraine may also have other symptoms such as sound and light sensitivities, and possibly nausea/vomitting while TIA often not having such symptoms. Being 21, i certainly hope you are not havin tia. Live well/healthy, mariea79. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare: True hemiplegic migraines are rare, but they can run in families. There is genetic testing that can be done to see if you carry the genes that make you susceptible to this type of migraine. Talk to your doctor if you or your family members are experiencing this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common enough: A tingling and numbness of the face and hand are very common during a migraine attack. True paralysis of the arm and leg are rare, but numbness and unstable gait and confusion are common. There is risk of true stroke for women on birth control pills who also have hemiplegic symptoms. There is controversy concerning use of triptans in migraine patients with hemiplegic symptoms. ...Read more
Wikipedia: This is a relatively rare migraine. However I am familiar, through family members, with this diagnosis. Since this is a relatively rare diagnosis, the internet will not be very helpful confirming this diagnosis. You will need a physician (neurologist) who has experience with the symptoms to provide you with a reasonable answer. Unfortunately, we're talking about the fringes of medical knowledge. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi I've suffered with hemiplegic migraine for past 11yrs my dorta aged 8 is beginning show symptoms what should I do?
Pediatric Neuro: A pediatric neurologist should be of some help. Please bring the info with you that shows that you have a positive familial hemiplegic migraine type i (cacna1a) dna test. If not then you should have it performed. It is available thru athena neurodiagnostics as a blood test. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hemiplegic migraine. I have had one serious attack that left me with symptoms for about 2 months. Will I have another attack?
Yes: It is not normal but common. But not a worrisome sign. ...Read more
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