04/23/07 #3 - Migraine and sudden sharp pain during echo cardiogram?

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    I have small PFO and migraine with aura. Diagnosed by a neurologist. During my contrast bubble echo cardiogram study i developed a Migraine aura with micropsia, dysphasia and sudden sharp pain in the left side of my head, during the valsalva, and went on to have a full Migraine with my normal right sided headache, forty minutes after the aura. Was this sharp pain a TIA, or my migraine? Should I have a CT brain scan. Many thanks. Pat.


    Dear Pat;
    A not uncommon problem with Migraines is that they can present symptoms that are quite difficult to distinguish from the symptoms of TIA or stroke. There are multiple possibilities here -- the test could have triggered a Migraine; something else could have triggered a Migraine; you could have experienced both TIA and Migraine. Without examining you, it's impossible to hazard an opinion. Please discuss this with your physician at the earlies possible opportunity. He may order at CT scan or MRI to be certain.

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Published On: April 22, 2007