Yesterday I had blurred vision to my right field of vision in both eyes followed by a slight headache, then numbness and tingling to the right side of my head. The ED doc said it was a tension headache. Are these common signs and symptoms tension headaches or migraine? Should I go to a neurologist for a second opinion? Kimberly.
The symptoms you describe are not typical of tension-type headache. Take a look at Tension-Type Headaches - the Basics . They are fairly common Migraine symptoms. You can find information about the possible phases of a Migraine attack and the potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine .
If you're already seeing a neurologist, getting his or her opinion would be the way to go. If you're not, chances are that you'll need to wait for an appointment. In that case, start with your family doctor.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri R...
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)
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