Those Frustrating Migraine Symptoms - Paresthesia

by Teri Robert Patient Advocate

With Migraine disease, there are many possible symptoms, including paresthesia. Paresthesia is abnormal or unpleasant sensation often described as numbness or as a prickly, stinging, or burning feeling. It's sometimes described as, "pins and needles."

In Migraine, paresthesia is very common, occurring most commonly on the arms, hands, feet, and face. Paresthesia often occurs during the aura phase of a Migraine attack.

Paresthesia can be a bit confusing at times. There are times when Migraineurs may have difficulty differentiating between paresthesia and motor weakness, in which the muscles are truly weak as opposed to tingling or feeling weak. If you're experiencing paresthesia for the first time, you should mention it to your doctor to be certain it's related to your Migraines and doesn't have another cuase that might need treatment.

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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation's Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society.