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  • By Philoctetes

    May I ask a question? Does anyone experience difficulty remembering certain categories of words? When I have a migraine, or one is just starting I can’t remember nouns, or rather it takes longer to find the right noun.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Philoctetes,

    Thank you for your question. Trouble finding words, difficulty with concentration, and memory issues can all occur during a migraine attack. Aphasia is described as the inability to find and/or comprehend words. I’m not sure if you recall the reporter Serene Branson, who had a migraine attack live on air. She had an awful time finding and using words. We have more information on this here; https://migraine.com/blog/complex-migraine-is-the-verdict-for-reporter-serene-branson/.

    We have a few more articles on cognitive dysfunction during a migraine attack you can read about here;
    https://migraine.com/blog/cognitive-dysfunction-migraine/
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/cognitive-dysfunction-during-attacks/
    https://migraine.com/blog/recognizing-my-own-aphasia/.

    I hope this helps!
    Nancy

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Philoctetes,

    Thank you for your question. Trouble finding words, difficulty with concentration, and memory issues can all occur during a migraine attack. Aphasia is described as the inability to find and/or comprehend words. I’m not sure if you recall the reporter Serene Branson, who had a migraine attack live on air. She had an awful time finding and using words. We have more information on this here; https://migraine.com/blog/complex-migraine-is-the-verdict-for-reporter-serene-branson/.

    We have a few more articles on cognitive dysfunction during a migraine attack you can read about here;
    https://migraine.com/blog/cognitive-dysfunction-migraine/
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/cognitive-dysfunction-during-attacks/
    https://migraine.com/blog/recognizing-my-own-aphasia/.

    I hope this helps!
    Nancy

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  • By jenb43

    Hi

    I was hospitalised 4 weeks ago for 7 days the doctors were perplexed with my symptoms, I saw the neurologist and he thinks it is hemiplegic migraines and I was started on topiramate and I am increasing the dose gradually with no side affects yet which I am pleased to add.

    My symptoms are very strange and I am struggling to recognise them as they are happening and I have had migraine for sometime but I haven’t recognised it and put it down to the antihistamine and steroid effects. I feel like I am going mad it is causing me so much anxiety and distress, I have only had 4 days free of migraine in 5 weeks I am exhausted.

    My symptoms are as follows:-

    Ptosis, vertigo, frontal lobe excrutiating headache, facial pain, nausea, mood changes, my mind goes blank and I completely forget for about a minute then it comes back, I cannot express myself correctly and precisely, my sense of humour is lacking, my inteligence goes, confusion, I react aggressively, I cannot remember anyone’s name, my recall memory goes, I have short term memory loss especially immediate and in the last two weeks, my concept of time has completely gone four weeks ago can feel like yesterday or a year away. Does anyone else experience this or is it just me? I feel crazy. I hope the treatment works soon.

    Sorry for the long post it’s my first time here.

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  • By ksgreen

    I have also started having memory issues. They started happening as I was driving. I would be driving down a stretch of road/highway that I have driven a thousand times. Then it’s like someone hit a switch and I have absolutely no idea where I am or where I’m going. It only lasts about 15 minutes, but lately it has been a signal that a nasty migraine is going to hit me within the next few days. I definitely feel like I’m losing my mind.

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  • By jenb43

    I know exactly how you feel, it’s affecting my whole life. The problem I seem to have is as soon as I say headache or migraine people just look at me dumbfounded like is that it, what’s all the fuss about. I wish there was another name for it when memory loss and cognitive function is involved as my illness is trivialised and not taken seriously when it has been absolutely life changing right now. I look back and realise how it has affected my career, relationships and wellbeing and been completely debilitating to a level I couldn’t quite possibly imagine. I am sounding like a real moaner her, I am still hopeful the medication will work and dreaming of my ambitions once well again. I noticed my cognitive function significantly improves once the migraine is over. My problem is I cannot identify when I am having an attack until it is full blown.

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