In any health field, there needs to be standardization in diagnosing. If every doctor used different diagnostic criteria and classifications, there would be total chaos. It would be impossible to communicate with patients, other doctors, researchers, etc. In the field of Migraine disease and headaches, the gold standard for diagnosis and classification is the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). Questions often arise about ocular, optical, and ophthalmic Migraines. These questions, however, are difficult if not impossible to answer because there are no such Migraine classifications in the ICHD-II, no such diagnosis listed there. Although there are doctors who use these diagnoses, they use them differently... Learn more in Ocular, Optical, and Opthalmic Migraines.
I have suffered aura migraines for 26 years. At one point I was getting 3-4 a week. I was finally placed on a prophylactic medication which decreased the frequency to 3-4 a month, then a different one that reduced them to approximately one a month. I take Midrin at the onset which has been the only medication that has ever relieved the pain. Yesterday, however, I experienced an entirely different set of symptoms after the end of the aura period. It included extreme confusion, chest and neck pain, weakness and speech impairment. The weakness and speech issues are still present. I am worried that I may have had a stroke. I've been warned of the possibility for some years but really don't know if this is what it was. Can you shed any light on what this may have been and if its possible that it was in fact a migrainous stroke? Nicole.
If you haven't already, please call your doctor. Whenever Migraine symptoms are different from your us...
Many Migraineurs have become aware that having Migraine disease increases our risk of stroke. In women with Migraine , there is an average of 2.16 times greater risk of stroke. An increase in cardiovascular events, including stroke, in men with Migraine has also been established. A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, provides more incentive for female Migraineurs to manage their Migraine disease and stoke risk factors. According to a study published June 20, 2007, in the online edition of Neurology ® , more women than men appear to be having a stroke in middle age. Researchers say heart disease and increased waist size may be contributing to this apparent mid-life stroke surge among women. Study Objective : This study had a twofold objective: To assess gender differences in stroke prevalence rates in midlife years and to identify potentially determining factors that influence these differences. To assess stroke and other vascular ri...
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