I just read a very scary news piece about a young woman. Jessi Meier, 23 suffered a stroke. Excruciating head pain woke her up one Saturday night this past March. Thinking it was Migraine she took some medication and fell back asleep. When she awoke the next morning she seemed ok and carried on with her weekend.
Monday was a different story. At work she knew somthing was terribly wrong when she couldn't feel her arm and her fingers were numb. Jessi was brought to the emergency room where it was determined she had had a stroke. After numerous tests a neurologist diagnosed her with a progressive brain disease, (Moyamoya disease) that affects only one out of two million people in the United States, more likely in people of Asian descent.
Even though this is an extremely rare condition, it reminds us to take Migraine disease seriously. Hoping "it will just go away" is not an option. If you are experiencing the worst pain of your life, so much pain you are unable to function, seek treatment immediately.
Published On: October 03, 2007