Migraine Causing Complete Body Paralysis, Speech Problems, Confusion, Etc?

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Asked by Meghanfb

Migraine Causing Complete Body Paralysis, Speech Problems, Confusion, Etc?

Hello all. I am a 30 yo female who was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in October. Over the past 3 months, I've had a series of "episodes" that my Neurologist has ruled as migraines. All of my tests, including a CT scan, EEG, and MRI w/wo contrast have come back as normal. I've noticed that the migraines seem to be getting worse in the way of symptoms. Usually they involve speech slurring/slowed, slowed movements, and generalize weakness/fatigue. Yesterday (Wed April 3rd), I was riding in the car with my husband when I felt a migraine come on. Roughly 25 minutes into the head pain, I achieved (not in a good way) complete body paralysis. If my arm was lifted from where it was, it stayed there, and I was unable to move it. This paralysis caused even more speech issues than normal, since my jaw locked up as well. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The paramedics had to pick me up out of the car and place me on the stretcher. Long story short, I was sent home after 1 dose of pain meds, (I felt like I was being treated as a drug seeker, which really pissed me off. If I wanted drugs, I would have stayed home), and told that I have a UTI on top of my migraines. I've searched and searched for answers to a migraine with full body paralysis, and found nothing. The closest I've come is a Hemiplegic Migraine, but that only paralyzes one side of the body. If ANY of you have any insight, answers, or knowledge of what type of migraine causes that, I'd be MOST appreciative. I plan to get a second opinion from a different Neurologist soon, as my PCP feels that there is a language barrier with my current Neurologist who is from India. Thank you in advance, and I wish you all healthy, active days ahead!

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Meghan,

One-sided paralysis, as you note, is a potential symptom of hemiplegic Migraine. I can't remember anyone having full-body paralysis from Migraine, but that certainly doesn't mean it's not possible.

A second opinion is definitely in order. I'd suggest you try to find a Migraine specialist, especially since hemiplegic Migraine is often difficult to diagnose, and many general neurologists simply don't understand Migraine well. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special?

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