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I started having Migraine with Aura when I was 23, I am now 40. I would get the zig-zag vision changes then once it subsided I’d get a headache on one side of my head. Over the years I’ve noticed that I get numbness and tingling or one side of my body just feels odd but does not always get the head pain.

I also get brief zaps of head pain. I guess ice pick headache.

A week ago I had an episode after I drank an ice-cold slushy. I experienced a sharp head pain in the right temple and numbness in the right cheek, then right arm, right the leg. Symptoms lasted less than a min.

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  • TashaJD
    4 months ago

    Sounds like my Hemiplegic Migraines. I’ve been checked for stroke so many times I’ve lost track. I finally found a doctor who knew I wasn’t having strokes and diagnosed me. He told me I have Hemiplegic Migraines. All of the triptans I was prescribed could have brought on a stroke or heart attack. Thankfully I only took them 1 or 2 times each because they don’t work on me. That was 2015.

  • DinaMay
    4 months ago

    What can I say? Sounds like migraine. Sometimes masquerades as a mini-stroke, sometimes as an invisible mammoth sitting on your head, either way, pretty unpredictable.

    My migraine doctors over the years have given me various explanations for migraine symptoms, prescribed various medications, and urged me to discover the things that trigger the evil episodes so I can avoid them. I’ve tried elimination diets and kept journals full of details and I can sum it all up in one word. That’s Life.

    Well, that was two words, but “life” is the important one. In other words, life is going to bring on a certain number of dreadful days. So see a doctor, take medicine, avoid triggers when you can. But know that you’ll still get a certain number of dreadful days anyway because, well…Life. But know that everyone bears a burden of some kind. Migraine, with all its maddening unpredictability, just happens to ours. The key is to find ways to squeeze in as many little bits of joy around the edges as we can.

  • MellyJ author
    4 months ago

    Very well put. The symptoms can really create such anxiety to the point that you start to fear getting an attack while away from home. But we still must live our lives and try the best not to let this fear hold us back from enjoying life to the fullest!

  • dawn7193
    4 months ago

    As I type this, I am experiencing R cheek numbness, R upper molar throbbing, R arm numbness, R shoulder pain, and R leg numbness. I have always assumed that these are my precursors to a migraine, in my case precipitated by a major weather change. Wish I understood the physiology. Will read the articles mentioned below. Feel better!

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    5 months ago

    Uff, I hear how disconcerting these symptoms feel for you, MellyJ. You are not alone experiencing numbness/tingling with migraine. This can be a manifestation of sensory aura. I thought these articles might be of interest to you:
    If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to discuss these symptoms with your doctor to gain her/his perspective. Please keep us posted on how you are managing and what you learn. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson ( team)

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