It’s Baaack…

— Dana

So…my migraines are back. Darn…

I decided to do some research on this particular type of migraine that I’ve been experiencing. I guess it’s officially called a “Hemiplegic Migraine”. Hemiplegic is derived from the condition termed as “hemiplegia” where the patient encounters a temporary paralysis of one body part. Described as a very rare kind of migraine, hemiplegic is also considered as one of the more serious form of migraine. And “after multiple attacks it can severely weaken the patient so utmost observation is needed”…so I guess I need to go to see a doctor about this now. I have found that generally the symptoms of a hemiplegic migraine are as followed:

• Difficulty in speaking

• Paralysis (hemiplegia) of one body part followed by needles or pins sensation and numbness…the onset of the hemiplegia may be sudden and simulate a stroke

• Headaches which usually disappear on the onset of paralysis

• Weakness of one side of the body, specifically leg, face or arm…the weakness is usually followed by headaches and can last for several hours or days

• Vertigo, nausea and vomiting

• Fever

• Meningismus (symptoms of meningitis without the actual illness and accompanying inflammation)

• Impaired consciousness ranging from confusion to profound coma

• Ataxia (defective muscle coordination)

• Photophobia (sensitivity to light) and Phonophobia (sensitivity to sound)

• Loss of vision in one or both eyes