My husband has suffered from Migraines since he was 16. He is now 35. Three of his aunts all have similar migraines. When he gets a migraine his hands go numb and some times his vision is affected, he'll have weakness on his left side, difficulty speaking, and thinking clearly. In 2009 the left hand side of his body went numb and he was in the hospital for four days. They did extensive tests including CAT scans, MRI's, blood work, stress tests, and more. All of the tests came back normal. We recently found a neurologist who specializes in Migraines and he said that my husband might have Basilar Migraine. On Saturday my husband had a horrible migraine attack and his symptoms made me worried that he might be having a TIA or stroke so I took him to the hospital. They gave him an MRI, CAT scan, and did blood work while he was experiencing the migraine. His blood pressure was also through the roof. Then, just like in 2009, all of his test's came back normal. His neurologist came and said that since the test results show that nothing is wrong then my husband must be faking the symptoms and asked if there was something in his life causing him enough stress to cause him to fake a TIA.
Honestly, I was furious. I have watched my husband suffer from these migraines for years. With 15-20 migraine dominated days a month, he has learned to simply push through the pain and rarely complains. There is NO WAY in hell he has been faking all the neurological symptoms that I have observed over our 12 years of marriage. I felt like the neurologist was blaming my husband for his inadequacy as a medical professional; that simply because he didn't understand what was causing my husband's symptoms that he must be faking. Are there other people who suffer from migraines that present neurological symptoms without showing abnormal MRI's or CAT scans? I hope some one out there has answers.
• Basilar-Type Migraine - the Basics
• Hemiplegic Migraine - The Basics
I hope this information helps. Please keep me posted on how your husband is doing?
I've also been having these for years too. Many people and even doctors don't understand what they are. I have them often during the month as well, my tests are always normal too. I can have other symptoms too, like a hard time typing correctly, slurring my speech, or not being able to comprehend or express my thoughts, can be very scary at first. You really need to go to a Headach Specialist to get a real diagnosis. Of course the stress affects me, but so do a lot of other things.
Thank you for your response. My husband's migraines have continued relentlessly since the 16th of February without a break. His neurologist is a Migraine specialist. We saw him again this morning and he told us that the migraines are the manifestation of some traumatic experience in my husband's past. This might make sense except for the fact that my husband had a good childhood and the kind of traumatic events that might qualify as a Post-Traumatic Stress causing event happened after his migraines began. When I suggested that there may be some other physical cause for my husband's symptoms he told me point plank that it was not possible and that he would not continue to treat my husband unless he was psychoanalyzed first. We will be going to see a different Migraine specialist however I would be lying if I didn't admit that this experience has discouraged us greatly.
Thanks for all your responses. It helps to know we are not alone.
Thanks for updating us. I'm going to send you a private message.
I had only 2 migraines in the past before this one over the weekend. The last was 2 months ago and the only other was when I was 16. I'm now 37, consider myself healthy and in decent shape. The migraine I experienced a couple of months ago started out with my vision being really distorted. I was driving at the time and had to get my wife to drive. I couldn't focus on anything. A few minutes later, I would lose my peripheral vision, and then the headache started on my right side above my eyebrow. I knew it was probably a migraine that was coming on, as remembering those exact symptoms from when I was younger. I just wanted to get home as soon as possible, expecting that I would soon be throwing up. I didn't however. My first one I had, it made me really sick and remembering having some tingling on my left side. I didn't have any numbness or tingling for that migraine a couple of months ago.
This past weekend, we were out of town in Houston visiting family. Again driving, my vision seemed not right. I was wondering if my contact was bothering me but it just kept getting worse. We arrived at the museum we were going to just a few minutes later. When I got out of the car, my peripheral vision was beginning to disappear. I told my wife, that I was probably getting a migraine. Took 2 ibuprofine, and went get a coke and sat down. In an instant, my left arm went totally numb. Not just tingling or feeling strange-dead asleep, fat finger feeling. I wasn’t feeling much of a headache at this time, so we continued in the museum. The numbness lasted a few minutes. Everything was pretty dark, so I wasn't feeling much head pain from any light. I could feel the headache slowly getting worse in my upper eyebrow area. My arm went numb again instantly. We decided to leave. On the drive back to my relatives’ home, the pain was unbearable. We went to the ER around 2:00 p.m. and I was seen immediately. I had a CT scan done about 30 minutes after being seen. That came back normal, but the doctor wanted to admit me for further tests. Later that afternoon, I had a MRI on my neck and head. The following morning I had an ultrasound on my carotid arteries and an EEG of brain wave activity. The neurologist came in at 8:00 pm that night and said all of my tests were normal, other than that my sinuses were blocked some. Now I know what I had was not just a sinusitis issue. I have sinus problems all my life and I know what sinus pressure pain is. This was nothing of the sort. Maybe a migraine on top of the sinus issue, but the doctor treated me like I was wasting his time because it appeared to only be a sinus headache! He never could explain to me why my arm went totally numb. I began researching migraines and strokes here on the internet, and came across TIA. It sounds like all of the symptoms I was having could indicate a TIA. If it was not that, perhaps just a really bad migraine? But not having a frequent history of migraines, I don’t know what it actually was.
Dear KK, I only joined the community today and have now read your post regarding your husband's so-called PTSD. It makes me want to scream with frustration because the same has been said to me recently.....after five years of same diagnosis from various neurologists. For heaven's sake, every member of society suffers stress at one time or another and this word is bantered about as a diagnosis for just about anything when they really just can't come up with an answer. Keep up your fight.....you are really not alone.
I suffered from migraines in my early years. I am now 59. Four years ago I began having "stroke like" siezures. Although I have rarely suffered a migraine for about 25 years, three neurologists diagnosed "migralepsy" even though I no longer suffer from these debilitating headaches.
The symptoms are really awful and scary, as you wrote. In fact, I feel terrified when one begins. I can feel an attack coming on which then deteriorates to facial paralysis, facial muscle distortion, drooping eyelid, slurring of speech, disorientation, tingling through my body and many more symptoms. My MRI's and other tests have been clear throughout apart from spots of white matter and possible microvascular disease.
All along, I've felt as if I were being treated like an "hysterical housewife" so I can toatally sympathise with your frustration! Last week, after this diagnosis of five years, one neurologist has now diagnosed my condition as Conversion Disorder (which in the old days would have been called Hysteria!
Needless to say I am furious at the attitude of the medical profession and I know they do not have the right answer. I have always felt that my condition was somehow TIA related but they don't take me seriously.
I do hope that you eventually find someone who will truly listen and believe you!
My tests always come back normal. Always. I've also been asked if I've been stressed in my life, which of course I am, who isn't. I was recently told I have Conversion Disorder because my tests were normal and so the Neurologist didn't believe I was experieincing anything neurological. She believed my mind was manifesting these symptoms, but she did not tell me I was making it up, she simply said that stress could be causing my mind to manifest this stress as pain. Sounds reasonable, but I do not believe this is my problem. I do, however, believe that stress may be making my Hemiplegic Migraine attacks worse. Stress always exaggerates any illness, no matter what it is you suffer from. There are people out there who do fake it and unfortunately it makes all of us who really do feel pain and weakness with normal results. I have Hemiplegic Migraines, it's possible your husband does too. You should really look into finding a Migraine Specialist or Headache Treatment Center. I was originally diagnosed with Basilar Artery Migraine and later Hemiplegic Migraine. Good Luck!!