6/9/08 #5 - Passing out, slurred speech, one-sided paralysis?

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    My mom passes out then when she comes she has slurred speach, paralysis on one side of her body.

     

    The doctor said it was Basilar Migraine, but didn't do any test. We never know when one will happen, she will be talking then bam she's out. She stays out around 15 to 30 mins. When she comes to her speech is slurred, she can't move one side of her body, her mouth draws seems like a mini stroke. She can't see a neurologist till July, but just wanted to educated myself on these things. I found the Hemiplegic Migraine that matches good with her symptoms. Any info will be appreciated. Thank You. foxylovesred.

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    Dear foxy;

     

    You are quite right that her symptoms, as you describe them, more accurately fit Hemiplegic Migraine (HM) than Basilar-Type Migraine (BTM). The only form of Migraine that causes motor weakness or paralysis is HM. When either BTM or HM is suspected, an MRI to rule out other causes of the symptoms can be both helpful and reassuring. In your mother's case, the issues of passing out and her mouth drawing are also good reasons for imaging to rule out stroke. Neither of these is common in Migraine, but can occur.

     

    While waiting for her appointment date to arrive, take a look at our Migraineur's Guide To a Successful Doctor's Appointment to help you be prepared.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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    Last updated June 9, 2008.

     

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Published On: June 09, 2008