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Confusion and Numbness

Last week I was at work, showing a house. I was walking out of the house and saw the disco ball, what I always see when a migraine is starting (haven’t had one in 10 years). I sat in my car and started texting and realized something was weird. I kept looking at my hand and realized I couldn’t see it at first and then a second later I could see it. I started texting my boss about work and I made seven spelling errors in two sentences. Thought well this has never happened before. I call my mom and really struggle verbalizing what’s happening and then my hand starts going numb. I start to google my symptoms and cannot spell symptom or migraine, I can only start each word with the first letter. I also think to call a cousin and cannot remember her name. I get home and go to sleep. I wake up with no symptoms besides a headache and light sensitivity. From start to finish, first symptoms to going to sleep, it lasted two hours. This has never happened before.

  1. Hi SweetKathryn,

    Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your story. I imagine that must have been frightening, good to hear it's resolved.

    I've not experienced anything similar, but know people who have. When we have new and/or different symptoms and/or patterns to our attacks, it's a good idea to let the doctor know so he can make sure everything checks out OK. If you haven't done that yet, I would encourage you to give him a call.

    Looking forward to hearing an update,
    Nancy

    1. Hi SweetKathryn, thank you for reaching out! I hear how disconcerting your recent symptoms felt for you. Anytime you have a change in how migraine presents, it is advised to check in with your doctor. You are not alone having the aphasia symptoms and numbness with migraine. I thought these articles might be of interest to you:
      https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-symptoms-transient-aphasia/
      https://migraine.com/migraine-symptoms/numbness-tingling/
      Again, please be sure to update your doctor so s/he can rule out any other underlying cause, but many in the community do have similar experiences with migraine. I hope this helps you to feel less alone in these symptoms. Keep us posted on how you are managing and what you learn. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson (Migraine.com team)

      1. Thank you! I do need to go to a doctor, I’ve never been actually diagnosed with migraines so I would be nice to talk to a doctor. Thanks!

        1. You are welcome! I hope your doctor is able to give you some answers and reassurance- keep us posted! ~Melanie (Migraine.com team member)

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