Basilar or hemiplegic Migaines?

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    My doctor is having problems deciding if I have basilar migraines or hemiplegic migraines. Besides a headache on one side, other symptoms I get are visual changes, trouble finding the right words to speak, and one leg being so weak that I have trouble walking. Which type of migraine does this sound like to you? I know you can't really tell me, but maybe some information I can share with my doctor? Thank you, Anita.
              

     

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    Dear Anita;

     

    Thank you for understanding that we can't diagnose via the Internet, and good for you for doing some research!

     

    It can be very difficult at times to distinguish between Basilar-Type Migraine and Hemiplegic Migraine, but the clue may lie in the symptoms you listed. Hemiplegic Migraine is the only form of Migraine that causes true motor weakness like your leg being weak. Other forms can cause numbness and tingling, so it's important to differentiate between numbness and tingling and true weakness.

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Published On: June 24, 2013