Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #9

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    How can I tell the difference between migraine and stroke? I suffer classic migraines with aura, accompanied by one-sided numbness. This sounds just like a stroke. No one has been able to tell me how to differentiate between these two. Sincerely, gg.


    Dear gg;

    This is a question which often comes up. First of all, age is an issue, as we don't think of strokes primarily in younger folks. Two, 15-20% of Migraines are accompanied by neurologic symptoms which go away during or shortly after the Migraine. Stroke symptoms are usually much slower to recede. I hope that helps a little. It's a large topic with a lot of information about both issues on the Internet. One precaution to take is to always consult your doctor is your symptoms are different or if you have the worst Migraine you've ever had.
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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 10, 2007