What Is Hemiplegic Migraine?

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Hemiplegic migraine is a rare and serious type of migraine headache. Many of its symptoms mimic those common to stroke; for example, muscle weakness can be so extreme that it causes a temporary paralysis on one side of your body, which doctors call hemiplegia. Symptoms Before the actual headache pain, you'll get signs that it's coming. These early symptoms, called auras, can include short-term trouble with muscle control and sensation:
  • A pins-and-needles feeling, often moving from your hand up your arm
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness on one side of your body, which can include your arm, leg, and half of your face
  • Severe, throbbing pain, often on one side of your head
  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of your body
Treatment To help prevent and lessen the severity of future headaches, your doctor may prescribe:
  • An anticonvulsant, a kind of medicine that also treats seizures and bipolar disorder
  • A heart medication called a calcium channel blocker to relax and widen your blood vessels
You'd better consult with your doctor if you develop the certain symptoms. Keyword: hemiplegic migraine
Is there any over the counter medication for this? I have all these symptoms of this plus other things add like very heightened sensitivity to lighting,sounds and smells ,I also see strange lights when I close my eyes when I get my migraine and in time it just seems to be getting worse idk what to do
I am not sure there are over the counter medication for this. You should get a clear diagnosis first before using any drugs. Besides, the drugs should be used under the guidance of your doctor. Many of those drugs could do harm to the kidney or liver. All in all, you need to see a neurologist to get diagnosed first.
You should go to see your doctor for a full exam to figure out what's going on.
Hemiplegic migraine can be hard to tell apart from other conditions, like stroke or mini-stroke (also called transient ischemic attack). Its symptoms can also be similar to diseases like multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.
A CT scan or an MRI of your head can show signs of a stroke. Tests of your heart and the blood vessels in your neck can rule out symptoms caused by blood clots.
If you have a family member with similar symptoms, your doctor may want to do genetic testing. Familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM) means it runs in your family, and you could pass it on to your children. People who don't have problems with those three genes have sporadic hemiplegic migraine (SHM).
Doctors disagree over how to treat hemiplegic migraines.
Your doctor might prescribe drugs to prevent hemiplegic migraine, to stop them once they've started, and to relieve your symptoms. Your doctor will discuss the best options for you.
In addition, the migraine triggers must be identified and avoided. Each person may have a different combination of triggers. It is very helpful if you keep a migraine journal that records your migraine symptoms, what time of day you experience them, what occurred before the symptoms began, how long they last and the severity. This will help you identify and later avoid your migraine triggers as well as accurately diagnose migraines.
You should avoid using over-the-counter drugs which may do harm to your disease.
I get aura. With and sometimes without aura
Hemiplegic migraine is a rare form of migraine where people experience weakness on one side of their body (hemiplegia) in addition to the migraine headache attack. The weakness is a form of migraine aura and occurs with other forms of typical migraine aura like changes in vision, speech or sensation.