I had a terrifying aphasia attack last night with an atypical migraine. It’s never happened to me like that before, and even though it resolved relatively quickly with a rescue med, it’s left me terrified. My doctor thought I was having a stroke, I spent most of the day ruling it out with testing. Now I’m petrified that every time I mistype a word or misspeak it’s starting again and I’m going to sound like a baby babbling when I try to speak.
I know this is a relatively rare symptom, but now that I’ve had it once, am I likely to have it again?
Thank you for sharing that with us. I can imagine that was a scary episode.
Aphasia can be a migraine with aura symptom and I know many who have experienced it. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe this means you’ll have it with every attack. I can tell you if we have four or more server migraine attacks a month, it’s time to discuss migraine prevention with a doctor who is knowledgeable in treating migraine disease. You can read more about aphasia in this article; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-symptoms-transient-aphasia/.
I completely understand how frightening this is for you! I began having attacks like this about 5 years ago. The first time, I thought I was having a stroke…I only last week finally got a hemiplegic migraine diagnosis. What a relief! Doesn’t change the terrifying feeling when I cannot speak, have trouble breathing, the awful feeling, etc., but I have hope now that THIS neurologist knows what she is doing and maybe the new preventive meds can make a difference. I just found this site today and am so relieved to know that I am not alone and to see other people describing what I have felt so isolated with is nothing short of amazing. Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like!