Chronic Hemiplegic Migraines.

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Asked by StopThinkFeel

Chronic Hemiplegic Migraines.

My father (51) has had chronic hemiplegic migraines since July of 2010. He has a migraine every day, and the full symptoms of the hemiplegic migraine occur several times a week. His doctors have put him on several medications, but none of them really help. He can not work now, and has lost many abilities due to the migraines. I was just wondering if you had heard of similar chronic hemiplegic migraine conditions, and what treatment options were used?

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StopThinkFeel,

Is it a different Migraine every day, or is it one Migraine that has never ended? It's important to distinguish between the two situations because the approach and treatment are quite different.

If it's one continuous Migraine, it's not chronic Migraine. It's status Migraious (or Migraiousus, either spelling is correct). That's when a single Migraine lasts longer than 72 hours. Take a look at Status Migrainous - The Basics. Preventive medications are unlikely to work until that Migraine is broken. Often, the best method for stopping a long, continuous Migraine is IV infusion. You can find information on that in IV Treatment of Refractory Migraines.

Chronic Migraine, on the other hand, is when a person has headache or Migraines 15 or more days a month. See Chronic Migraine - The Basics.

As Nancy said, the best option for many with chronic Migraine is to be sure to seek care from an actual Migraine specialist.

Has your father tried verapamil for prevention of his hemiplegic Migraines? There are many, many options for Migraine preventive treatments, but verapamil is one that has shown more promise than many for hemiplegic Migraine in particular.

Hope this helps.

Please let us know how he's doing?

Teri

Answered by Teri Robert