For about 6 years now I have had the diagnosis of atypical complex migraines. My migraines are painless and present initially with nausea followed by heart palpitations, numbness in my fingers and lips and then convulsions. The convulsions are violent and mostly involve my upper body and anyone who has seen me during one of these episodes swears I am having a seizure (even a neurological physician's assistant). After the convulsions stop I have normally right sided paralysis and loss of speech for several minutes. The convulsions can last 20 minutes up to over an hour. Valium is the only thing that works to stop the convulsions and I'm on Lamictal which has greatly reduced my number of migraines. My EEG findings are normal and I'm scheduled for a repeat MRI of my brain but that has been normal in the past as well. I simply want to know that I'm not the only one out there with this bizarre combination of symptoms. Is there anyone out there with migraines like mine? I've read about hemiplegic migraines but it doesn't mention the convulsions.
Published On: March 31, 2011