My wife has suffered from migraines most of her life (from about 9 y.o.). Up until about 9 years ago she would get a migraine headache about once a month. They would be almost dibilitating. She would stay in bed most of the time. She would stay in a dark room with no noise. She is almost 45 years old now. 9 years ago, she suffered the first of many paralyzing attacks. She has never had a migraine with aura. Most of the time the attack hits without a prior headache. But, most of the time the headache follows the attack by about 20 minutes. Let me describe the attacks. They will usually come on without warning. She will tell me she feels funny. She has never described what "funny" means. The next symptom will be a sudden almost blackout. She seems to lose conciousness for about 3-5 seconds. Her left arm and leg will become paralyzed for a few brief seconds to a few minutes. And her speech is very slurred, sounds similar to CP when she talks. As the paralysis goes away, the headache comes on and steadily increases. The severity of the headache seems to dictate how long it will take her to fully recover. Sometimes she is fully recovered physically in about 5 days. One time it took over 4 months for her to fully regain normal speech and motor skills. She has been to numerous doctors, nuerologists, etc. None of them have helped. She has tried Imitrex with not even the slightest effect. She has also tried elavil. She also took inderal. That helped with the Migraines and headaches but, it gave her chest pains and other heart related issues.That only made her feel groggy most of the time. If you know of someone who has similar symptoms and has been helped with managing their migraines, please respond.