Am I having a stroke?

I was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines about 4 years ago, but if I think back I have had symptoms since early in my childhood. Numbness in my face is usually the first sign, quickly followed by confusion and lack of coordination. Soon I loose the ability to choose my words or struggle to speak the words I want to say. All signs of a stroke, or TIA.

It’s terrifying when they hit, not only for me, but everyone around me. But that’s not the worst of it. The brain fog that last for several days after is almost just as frustrating as the migraine itself. But I am incredibly lucky to have an amazing support system to help me get through an attack. When a migraine attack happens, my husband and family is quick to respond with love and support. It can be a traumatic event, but knowing I have them by my side makes it just a little bit more bearable.

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