Neurological symptoms persisting beyond Migraine?

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    Dear Teri Robert,

    In your article  Migraine Can Have Many Variations it says "In some cases, especially with Hemiplegic Migraine, some neurological symptoms can persist for months, but this is not common."  Can you please elaborate on what neurological symptoms you were referring to? And which source discusses these issues?


    I am struggling with hemiplegic migraines and have been having what I think is aura that continues for several weeks even when most of the other symptoms of a full blown migraine have been resolved.  For me, this looks like full body shaking that is not a seizure or epilepsy (I have been tested) and I also have leg weakness that will not resolve.

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    Thank you very much, Debra.





    Dear Debra;


    There are quite a few neurological symptoms associated with Migraine. Those that may extend past the end of the Migraine include, but aren't limited to aphasia, numbness or tingling of the face or extremities, phonophobia, photophobia, and motor weakness.


    I don't have an online source for this information as it was from a live presentation at an American Headache Society conference.


    Have you discussed these symptoms with your doctor yet? If not, please be sure to do so. You need to be sure that they are from Migraine and not something else that could need medical attention. If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


    Good luck,
    Teri Robert



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Published On: March 01, 2010