1/28/08 #6 - Daughter with numbness during Migraine -- do MRI?

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    My daughter is 15 years old and had her first migraine about a month ago. She was at a friend's house when this started. When I picked her up she complained that her head hurt. In the 20 minutes that it took me to get home, her entire left side was numb from her head all the way to her toes. I took her to the ER and they did a CAT scan and said everything looked fine. Since then, she had another just 2 nights ago. This time the numbness came first in her fingers (left) traveling up to her shoulder and jumped to her face and lips. Within 20 to 25 minutes she had pain behind her right eye. Within another 15 minutes, the numbness was subsiding and she had a full blown migraine. My question is, should I take her in for an MRI to rule out any other problems. Dawn.

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    Dear Dawn;

     

    Have you consulted her own doctor since her ER visit? Numbness in the fingers, arm, and face aren't unusual with Migraine attacks. For an entire side of the body to be numb is less common, but not unheard of. There are no set guidelines for when to do imaging such as an MRI, but it would certainly make you more comfortable, and her doctor might want one to rule out other causes of her symptoms that might not be evident on CT.

     

    Our best suggestion is to make an appointment with her doctor to discuss both this and treatment for her Migraine attacks.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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  • Last updated January 28, 2008.

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Published On: January 28, 2008