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  • By cricketgirl

    Hi all,

    Brand new to the forum, apologies if I’m posting in the wrong place. If I’m breaking any rules, let me know and I’ll repost elsewhere.

    I’ve been suffering with migraines since I was a kid and am fairly used to them now when they come (as in I know it’s a migraine, I know broadly what to expect etc.)

    For quite a long time now I’ve also been getting dizzy spells (totally unconnected to actually getting a headache/migraine…it could happen at any point) and I was recently (FINALLY) diagnosed with “migraine associated vertigo”, so migraine issue 2.

    In the last couple of months I’ve also been getting really ill on a semi regular basis, and in the same week as I was diagnosed on the dizziness stuff, I was also diagnosed with “abdominal migraines”, migraine issue 3!

    Here comes my first question: there’s limited information on abdominal migraines that I can find, anyone else been diagnosed with it as an adult for the first time? Any idea why it would just suddenly start?

    My second question is: for the last year and a half or so I’ve been getting weakness and tingling in my arm and leg (predominantly on the left hand side). I never thought it might be a migraine related thing, but after my two most recent diagnoses, and trying to research abdominal migraines I read about Hemiplegic migraines which can result in weakness. Is it possible that this would be the explanation for the weakness I’ve been getting? Everything I’ve read makes it sound much more severe than what I get however. Can there be varying degrees of severity in the weakness?

    Also – anyone know if it’s usual to just endless different types of migraine!?

    Sorry…that’s a bit of a ramble. Any pointers anyone could give me would be great!! Thanks

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi cricketgirl,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us in the Migraine.com discussion forum – welcome!!

    Yes, it is entirely possible to have more than one type of headache disorder. Many of us do have more than one type, which is no fun!

    Migraine is considered a primary headache disorder, meaning it’s not caused by any other condition. Secondary headache disorders are typically caused by something else. For example, post traumatic headache, from a fall. We have more information here; https://migraine.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-a-primary-and-secondary-headache/,

    Is it possible you’ve had abdominal migraine attacks since childhood when they are typically occur? You mentioned having migraine attacks since childhood, so it’s possible. I do know many adults with abdominal migraine. Let me share this information with you on this type of migraine; https://migraine.com/?s=abdominal+migraine&submit=Go.

    Hemiplegic migraine is a rare form of migraine disease that has true motor weakness – meaning paralysis. While not common, it’s possible to have sensory aura in the form of numbness, weakness and tingling with a migraine attack. Some of my migraine attacks include tingling and numbness in my right cheek. Here is more information on this;https://migraine.com/migraine-aura/sensory-aura/.

    I hope this helps!
    Nancy

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