What Is Hemiplegic Migraine?

Q:
What is hemiplegic migraine?

A:
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

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