05/21/07 #1 - Migraines mimicing stroke, minimal pain. Is this a Migraine?

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    I've been having Migraines for 12 years practically every day, they mimic a stroke, I can't talk, walk, my eyes water and my nose runs. I feel some pressure in the forehead but minimum pain, I fall sleep easily and sleep for 3 or 4 hours. Afterwards I am confused and weak. They seem to be trigger by light or reflection from lights, dark glasses don't help much. Also, they come on suddenly without any warning.  Needless to say I have seen many specialists in the field without results.

    Do you think this is a Migraine?  No one local (Atlanta) has seen a case like mine. Thank you, Don.

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    Dear Don;

    It’s unclear exactly why you can’t walk. The other symptoms could be various forms of Migraine, but if you experience actual motor weakness or one-sided paralysis, the form of Migraine that should be explored is hemiplegic Migraine. You can find information about that in the article Hemiplegic Migraine - The Basics.

    Whether this is the type of Migraine you're experiencing isn’t something we can offer an opinion on via the Internet. Only a doctor who can review both your personal and family medical history, evaluate your symptoms, and conduct a full exam can answer that question.

    The best thing you can do is seek the advice of a headache and Migraine specialist. You’ll find a directory of patient recommended specialists on Help for Headaches and Migraine.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: May 20, 2007