Can migraines cause numbness, tingling, or weakness?

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Migraine FAQs: Can migraines cause numbness, tingling, or weakness?

Migraine symptoms are not always confined to the head. Sometimes there are other parts of the body that are affected by migraines. As changes occur in the brain, different sensations may be felt throughout the body. A common complaint is a feeling of numbness, tingling or weakness in a small or large area of the body. These symptoms are sometimes associated with sensory aura.

Migraine sufferers may experience:

  • Numb fingers
  • Numb face
  • Arm numbness
  • Head numbness
  • Numbness in the lips, tongue or legs
  • Weakness in limbs
  • Numbness on one side of the body

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These sensations of numbness, sometimes called sensory aura, can occur before, during or after the migraine pain begins. Most often the sensations occur on the same side of the body as the pain in the head.

Occasionally, the numbness is so severe the migraine sufferer feels they can't move that part of the body. This weakness or feeling of paralysis is temporary. The weak or tingling skin sensation may be in only one specific part of the body, such as feeling weak or numb in only one finger, part of a finger or a small portion of the face.

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