Can Migraines Change?

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    Can migraines change? I have had migraines since I was a kid. I always have a aura for about 20 min before the pain starts. I had 2 horrific migraines last week that were the worst I ever had. The pain was terrible and none of the over the counter meds would touch it. I had no aura with these two. I had some tingling in my left arm for just a few minutes. Something else I had is my speech---I'm having a hard time getting my words out. Thank you! Judy.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Judy;


    Yes, Migraines can change over time. That said, when there are changes in pattern or new or frightening symptoms, you need to see your doctor and be checked out. What you describe could be "just" Migraine symptoms, but they could also be symptoms of other problems, including TIA and stroke.

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: January 21, 2012