Scary Tia Symptoms Yet Mri Is Normal?


Asked by KK

Scary Tia Symptoms Yet Mri Is Normal?

My husband has suffered from Migraines since he was 16. He is now 35. Three of his aunts all have similar migraines. When he gets a migraine his hands go numb and some times his vision is affected, he'll have weakness on his left side, difficulty speaking, and thinking clearly. In 2009 the left hand side of his body went numb and he was in the hospital for four days. They did extensive tests including CAT scans, MRI's, blood work, stress tests, and more. All of the tests came back normal. We recently found a neurologist who specializes in Migraines and he said that my husband might have Basilar Migraine. On Saturday my husband had a horrible migraine attack and his symptoms made me worried that he might be having a TIA or stroke so I took him to the hospital. They gave him an MRI, CAT scan, and did blood work while he was experiencing the migraine. His blood pressure was also through the roof. Then, just like in 2009, all of his test's came back normal. His neurologist came and said that since the test results show that nothing is wrong then my husband must be faking the symptoms and asked if there was something in his life causing him enough stress to cause him to fake a TIA.

Honestly, I was furious. I have watched my husband suffer from these migraines for years. With 15-20 migraine dominated days a month, he has learned to simply push through the pain and rarely complains. There is NO WAY in hell he has been faking all the neurological symptoms that I have observed over our 12 years of marriage. I felt like the neurologist was blaming my husband for his inadequacy as a medical professional; that simply because he didn't understand what was causing my husband's symptoms that he must be faking. Are there other people who suffer from migraines that present neurological symptoms without showing abnormal MRI's or CAT scans? I hope some one out there has answers.


KK, Welcome to HealthCentral! Tests such as MIR, CT scans, and blood work generally ARE "normal" in Migraine patients. None of them can confirm Migraine. They're used to rule out other issues such as stroke, tumor, etc. I have no idea who the doctor is who has been treating your husband, but I would suggest getting a second opinion from another specialist. Many of us have encountered doctors who call themselves specialists when they're not. Migraine specialists almost always see patients only for the treatment of Migraine and other headache disorders. 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? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists. You said that your husband's doctor said he might have basilar-type Migraine. Your husband needs a dianogsis, not "might." It's also important to note that you said he experiences weakness on his left side. True motor weakness occurs only in hemiplegic Migraine. Some people confuse numbness and tingling with weakness, so your husband needs to be sure which is happening during his Migraines. Take a look at these two articles so you'll have more information to discuss with your husband's doctor: • Basilar-Type Migraine - the Basics

Hemiplegic Migraine - The Basics

I hope this information helps. Please keep me posted on how your husband is doing?

Welcome again,


Answered by Teri Robert