• Jean Jean
    August 26, 2008
    Can migraine with aura cause headache, numbness, tingling hand?
    Jean Jean
    August 26, 2008

    Can migraine with aura without headache produce symptoms of numbness and/or tingling in limbs? I have a history of migraine with aura for the past 13 years; I take Imitrex when I get blurry vision in right eye aura.  Headache onset is generally around my period or at stressful times.

    I began having calf pain in or around time of catching a stomach flu in May.  An internist diagnosed me with a strain. Two to three weeks later I developed pins & needles tingling in my legs and hands, along with slight numbness/tingling in lips. The internist advised me to see a neurologist for possible MS.  I went to MS specialist instead of my neurologist with great fear of MS.  I had a brain MRI and FULL neuro exam as well as some special thryoid tests and blood work.  The doctor advised me that the symptoms were auras.  He put me on verapamil for 1 month; if "auras" did not subside to start on regiment of Topomax. 

    I followed up with my migraine neuro who is sending me for EMG; he said it is not migraines but post infectious polyneuropathy.  He only did a five-minute neuro exam and was not interested in my daily journal of symptoms for the past three months.  I do not want to discount either diagnosis.  However, my gut feeling is the time spent with the MS specialist was more involved and through than my own doctor. 

    Any advice on what could be causing my symptoms?



  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    September 09, 2008
    Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    September 09, 2008

    Hi Jean,

    Migraine with aura can have symptoms ranging from flickering lights, loss of vision and difficulty finding words to numbness/tingling of the face or extremities, dizziness and  olfactory hallucinations - smelling odors that aren't there. Here's the thing - each person experiences each Migraine attack a bit differently. 

    These two articles are filled with good information: Migraine with aura  

    To understand the four phases of a Migraine attack: Anatomy of a Migraine

    This is the time to see a Migraine specialist. Neurologists may be great doctors, but can't be experts in one area because they treat so many different conditions like MS, stroke, Parkinsons and epilepsy. A Migraine specialist devotes his entire practice to treating patients with Migraine disease and headache disorders. We have a list of patient recommended specialists you can see HERE.


    Good luck


    • jes789
      November 19, 2009
      November 19, 2009

      I have had migraines for years with aura (a blurry spot in y peripheral vision).  If I take my imitrex nasal spray at the onset of the blur, I can usually avoid the full blown migraine.  However, 2 nights ago, I had unusual symptoms.  I was reading in bed and my left hand went numb.  At first I thought it was asleep, but it was different.  Then, my left upper arm felt weak.  Then my hand was ok, but my lips began to tingle, then went numb, then the numb spread up the left side of my face and down my tongue.  I thought I was having a TIA, or a stroke.  Then I had to feed my baby and fell asleep in the rocker and woke up with a full blown migraine: 3 prong headache, decreased vision, nausea, senitivity to sound and light, and olfactory hallucination (smelled toast - so that brought me back to worrying about a stroke).  While this was different from my normal migraines, I am sure now that it was one.  It may have presented differently because my hormones are still out of wack from giving birth less than 4 months ago.

    • A Stout
      September 05, 2012
      A Stout
      September 05, 2012

      I also have the same symptoms. Two days ago i had an episode at work. I work at a local steakhouse, one minute i was laughing the next minute i noticed my vision blurring, my right fingers,hand and arm were numb and tingeling, my right upper part of lip was tingeling along with my tongue. This has happened before but never lasted this long. My right peripheral vision was gone and i couldn't seem to collect my thoughts or speak correctly. my boyfriend picked me up from work and took me to the local hospital. i was advised to get off of birth control and to see a nuerologist, they say that this is a silent migrain. They call it this because i have literally no pain at the time. I am 26 and have had this happen at least 6-7 times. I had an mri which was normal, ( they checked me for MS) This happens at least once a year and now i am getting fearful because of how long this affects me. It has been a few days now and i am still out of sorts, vision isnt completely normal. I am on my menstral cycle and i believe horomones do play a big part in these things. But each time this happeneds i have to calm myself down and reassure myself im not stroking out..(easier said than done) I have a 14 month old daughter and i can barely care for her. My anxiety is beginning to take ahold of me for the fear of another migrain coming on.. noone really understands and i just lost my health insurance so i cannot see a nuerologist. I def dont want to search for something that isnt there but i am scared.. i am aware that my MRI was normal but, its one of the scariest things to feel like you are having a stroke.. hopefully we can find some answers!

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