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I've just experienced what everyone (and doctor) is describing as a migraine. I've had 4 in 5 days. Immediate dizziness followed by numbness, tingling on my left side. But I've not had the severe headache everyone is referring to. Actually a slight headache a few days earlier but nothing while this is happening.
Does this still sound like a "migraine?"
Did he see his doctor for the episode three months ago or this most recent episode?
While we would love to help, the truth is that nobody can tell you via the Internet what these episodes were. They may have been Migraines with new and unusual symptoms, but they could also have been something else entirely. Nobody can really tell you except a doctor who has his medical records and can talk with and examine him.
Please do get him to his doctor as soon as possible.
Thank you for a great question, John Claude Krusz...
Headache - mixed tension migraine
Headache on one or both sides
Throbbing pain May feel dull, tight, or like a band around the head Pain varies from mild to severe May get worse with activity May last 4 - 72 hours (in some people, the headaches may occur every day)
Nausea or vomiting
Sensitivity to light or sound
Numbness, tingling, weakness
Signs and tests
Your doctor will perform a physical exam, including a detailed examination of your nervous system, and ask you about your symptoms and family history.
Tests that may be done include:
CT or MRI of the head and neck
Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
Family member started having these strange episodes. They started with tingling in the hands followed by general weakness throughout the body. Then they have difficulty concentrating, as well as, word retrieval difficulty. This period of about 10-20 minutes eventually leads to paralysis. They are unable to blink, speak or move their limbs. Breathing is fine and eyes dilate properly. They are alert and able to hear everything that is going on during this paralysis but are unaware of how much time passed while they were in this paralysis. This paralysis typically last for a minute or so at such time the process completely reverses itself. They are able to start blinking their eyes, then moving their limbs, concentration comes back and word retrieval starts to get easier. After the episode they feel physically drained as if they just ran a marathon. We went to the ER and had numerous tests done (see below) with no real diagnosis. These episodes came and went about every h...
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