Am I having a stroke?

I’ve had migraines since I was 6, and they’ve been chronic since age 30. (I’m now 60). Chronic meaning 3-7 days per week.

Yesterday I went to the ER because I thought I was having a stroke. Woke up with a headache, which suddenly got much worse. Took my meds, went to bed with an ice pack and guided imagery CD, slept off and on and got up in the afternoon to finally eat some cereal.

As I was eating, I realized that the right side of my face and tongue were partially numb….kind of felt like when the novocaine is wearing off after dental work. My head pain was completely gone, but the numbness continued to spread. As my husband was driving me to the ER, it got harder to swallow, numbness spread into the top part of my chest and into one finger, also on the right side.

The ER doc concluded that it was complex migraine. I’ve only had partial numbness twice before, and never as vast as this was. Today, I still have a little numbness in my tongue and throat.

The doc consulted with a neurologist and said that there are a couple ways to discern if it is a stroke: (1) the numbness would be more all-encompassing, making it hard to walk, or all my fingers instead of just one. (2) The numbness would not be transient.

I’m still trying to get in early to see my neurologist and nail this down a bit more, but that’s it for now. I’d love to hear from other folks with similar experiences.

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