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Hemiplegic Migraine Treatment
Prophylaxis: Unfortunately, the mainstay of abortive treatment (the triptans) carries a theoretical risk of stroke in patients with hemiplegic migraine. While some studies suggest they might be safe, few patients or doctors are willing to take the risk. If nsaids are not effective abortives for your headache, prophylactic treatment to prevent the headaches in the first place should be strongly considered. ...Read more
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
Yes: It is not normal but common. But not a worrisome sign. ...Read more
Have pnd i'm overeating and just not motivated to do anything. Also suffer from what is believed to be hemiplegic migraine. Help at my wits end?
PND?: Post-natal depression, post-nasal drip, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, other? If you are depressed, and it sounds that way, would suggest that you consult with a psychiatrist asap. They are well trained to deal with this and can often help you feel better quickly, go now, . ...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
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
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
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