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Migraine Variance

  • By JesseT

    Hello. I was diagnosed by a neurologist with “migraine variance.” The worst of my symptoms include loss of motor function and impaired speech and cognitive function. An MRI and CAT scans prove that no other system is malfunctioning. I do not experience a headache or any other significant pain with a migraine episode. I do loose the ability to move one or both sides of my body. This loss of control can be in my upper region or throughout my upper and lower limbs.During a “severe episode” I will also experience aphasia and be unable to speak comprehensibly. I have many other symptoms which include, numbness, tingling, ringing in the ear, eyes strain, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, and cognitive processing disturbance.
    Does this sound like migraine?
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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    HI JesseT,

    Thank you for your question and being here with us. Let me see what I can do to lend a hand.

    There is a rare form of migraine disease called hemiplegic migraine (HM) and one of the hallmark symptoms is true motor weakness. When you get a moment take a look at these articles when you get a chance; https://migraine.com/?s=hemiplegic+migraine&submit=Go.

    If in fact you do have this type of migraine attack, it’s best treated by a true migraine/headache disease expert, a doctor who is board certified in headache medicine, which is different than being certified in neurology. These articles have more information on how these doctors are different and how to find one; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

    I hope that helps!
    Nancy

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