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...
I've had chronic daily migraine for over 20 years. They have been bilateral not one-sided, for all this time. Lately I've been experiencing left-sided migraines with numbness and tingling in my extremities. I've had a TIA, mini stroke approximately 10 years ago and wonder if this change in my migraine pattern means I'm more susceptible to having a stroke? Thank You! ~~Pam.
Thank you for your excellent question. Your question raises two important issues:
what does it mean when migraine patterns change, and
what is the relationship between migraines and stroke.
First, a change is pattern of migraines, especially one that has been as longstanding as yours has been, can be concerning. Usually it doesn't mean anything more than just that your migraines have changed with time. But as a general rule, if your migraine pattern changes and there is not an easily identifiable reason (i.e. new medication, new medical condition, new stressful ...
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