05/07/07 #6 - Jumbled speech and numb arms during Migraines?

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My 20 year old daughter is having migraines occasionally.   Her speech is affected by them. Is this very common? She thinks one thing and says another. Her words come out jumbled. Sometimes she will have numbness in her arms. Then she gets a "monster" headache, vomits, sleeps and then feels better after a couple of hours. Is the speech problem something to worry about? In researching migraines I have not seen this listed as a common occurence with migraines. Lana.


Dear Lana;

The speech issue you describe is actually quite common with Migraines. It's called aphasia. It can occur up to two days before the headache phase of a Migraine attack strikes. This article should be helpful to you and your daughter, Anatomy of a Migraine. It describes the phases of a Migraine attack and the symptoms associated with them. Numbness can also occur with Migraine. A note of caution, however -- if your daughter has not discussed these symptoms with her doctor, it's important that she do so. Although these are common Migraine symptoms, they can also occur with other conditions. Only her own doctor can confirm that they are Migraine related in her case.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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