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Monday, November 03, 2008 Kellie, Community Member, asks

Q: Can tremors be a symptom of migraine headaches? Can you have migraines without the headaches?

I went to the hospital Oct 9 because the doctor thought I was having TIA. All tests came back normal. I have had MRI with and without contrast, CAT, EKG, EEG, complete blood work, xrays. I feel like I have had every possible test but I am still having problems with no answers. 

 

I took a hit on the head back in May 2008. Soon after I began having problems excessive daytime sleepiness. I started seeing a doctor for this around a month before the spell on October 9.

 

I dont know the technical terms for my symptoms so I am going to tell you what happened in laymens terms. My vision started messing up. Everything was wavy. Then I started having blind spots. I got dizzy and weak in the knees. I went and sat down because I felt so sleepy. I just wanted to fall asleep. I started shaking really bad. Not sure if tremors but more like muscle jerks. My tongue went numb then my nose, fingers and toes. Couldnt talk. I never went unconscious and understood things that were being said to me but couldnt make myself respond. I stayed in this condition for 8 hours. I still remained unable to function for several days after episode but the tremors were not as bad. They only come and go. I did sleep however the entire time. For over a week I was sleeping appox 20 hours a day.

 

I still get the tremors when I am tired. My head stays foggy all the time. I have no energy and am sensitive to light, noise, and touch. Does this sound like a migraine or am I just going crazy? I keep a light pressure headache most of the time but nothing close to the worst headache of my life. What do you think? I am seeing a neurologist.

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
11/ 4/08 11:29am

Kellie,

 

The symptoms you describe could be Migraines, but they could also be something else such as pos-concussive syndrome from your head injury. And, yes, you can have a Migraine without a headache. Take a look at Anatomy of a Migraine for an overview of some of the symptoms that can accompany a Migraine attack and at Acephalgic or Silent Migraine - The Basics for information on Migraines without headache.

 

Especially given how long the symptoms are lasting, the sleepiness, and your being foggy all the time, you really need to get this sorted out. These symptoms are not typical of Migraine.

 

If your neurologist can't get this figured out, consider consulting a headache and Migraine specialist, who would also be able to help with post-traumatic issues from your head injury. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

 

Good luck,

Teri

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Beckie, Community Member
7/25/09 2:54pm

Yes, Tremors can be indicative of a Migraine issue. I have severe Migraines, to the point where my eyes bleed. That amount of neurological attack can cause tremors. I have them in both hands, and it gets worse when a migraine is coming. My body chemistry also changes when I'm getting a migraine, as well as: food tastes like pickles, people smell like comet, and my skin becomes ghostly white. For me that's normal. Tremors are a part of my life.

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By Kellie, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/14/12, First Published: 11/03/08