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Motor Skills and Migraines

  • By merrie

    Hi all,
    I was wondering if anyone else had lost some of their fine motor skills due to migraine. For example, I have a really hard time typing now, and do things like trip and fall frequently, and drop stuff for no apparent reason. With all the other crap that I migraine brings, I don’t really want any additional fun. Just wondering if could be something else. Have an appointment with my neuro on 4/3, and was wondering if I should bring it up.

    Merrie

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    • By lpayton08

      Hi! I have had this experience and if I may be candid it freaks me the hell out. I have a hard time reading and putting sentences together, especially between aura and migraine. The words get jumbled. I have never had this problem before. I’ve also noticed the randomly dropping things. I have an appt next week, I’ll write my results here and check back to see yours!

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  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    This is definitely something you want to talk to your doctor about, but it is not an unusual migraine symptom. It’s one big reason people recommend not driving during a migraine.

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  • By merrie

    Hi Again,
    Went to the Dr today and based on my symptoms and the good old walk with your feet one in front of the other test, I am having blood work? (Also cardiac concerns?) And further investigation done. A bunch of new meds and f/u in 3 months.

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  • By Clare

    I have only been diagnosed with Migraine and have these symptoms, I have for years put it down to being clumsy or awkward. But recently it got a lot worse I ended up in hospital. Speech, memory and concentration, vagueness, sickness. Between going to different departments and having lots of tests I eventually saw a neurologist who diagnosed me with Migraine. Such a relief as I now know I was not going mad. I know I have a long way to go (I had an attack when I was in town yesterday)and I have to try and work out the triggers which will be interesting. I have a question is migraine hereditary? Reading others experiences is very helpful.

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  • By mermadelove

    My newest and freakiest ( to me ) migraine symptom “falls” in with this. I haven’t mentioned it to my neuro because, well, I just didn’t feel like it and I’ve had normal MRI’s before and after it started. I just suddenly fall from out of nowhere. I can be standing up or be already bent over, and without any sense of dizziness, just suddenly be on the floor. One time it happened while I was at work. Fortunately I was on break and standing two feet from a wall, so I just fell back into the wall. I was working as a bedside nurse at the time. I was also planning on relocating so when I started looking for another job, I made sure it was a desk job!! ( I didn’t want to put my patients at risk of increased falls by falling down myself!)

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    • By The Migraine Girl Moderator

      mermadelove,

      I can see why you’d not mention it to your neurologist (since MRIs before and after the fall were both normal), but it’s always good to have your medical records be as thorough as possible. I encourage you to mention it to the doctor next time you see him or her.

      Hope the desk job is working out and that you’re not falling too much!

      Take care,
      Janet G.
      “The Migraine Girl”

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  • By chebbot

    I have this, I’m known for being extremely clumsy, but I don’t think its my nature. They call me “Hurricane Chelsea” I think it is mostly migraine related. I’d say I’m naturally coordinated, I’ve always been good at gross and fine motor activities. But not so much since I’ve been getting migraines. When I have a migraine (most of the time) and take Imitrex (chicken and egg situation) I get very uncoordinated, drop stuff, spill stuff, break things, walk into walls, burn myself cooking you name it. I just feel, for lack of a better word, weird — like I had a few drinks. I’m usually covered in bumps bruises and burns

    It’s recently gotten bad and I got full blood work, EKG, CT scan you name it, tested for orthostatic hypotension and I’m totally fine. My doctor is determined to figure it out because I’ve been getting severe dizzy spells recently, so I’ll keep everyone posted if I find a solution

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    • By The Migraine Girl Moderator

      chebbot,

      I’m glad you and your doctor are both determined to make sure there’s not another (apart from migraine) reason for this clumsiness. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

      Take care,
      Janet G.
      “The Migraine Girl”

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  • By Kiwigirllara

    Yes, in the heat of a migraine, just before & after I am unusually clumsy. I have had them for so long. & often now that I have trouble remembering things, am clumsy & disoriented to some extent all the time.

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  • By geraldine

    Hi all,I suffer from hemiplegic migraine, which affects my motor skill. I am weakened all down left side since last Oct. I have to use a wheelchair when I go out. I also have an aura of chest pains that is caused by the migraine. Was just wondering if anyone else has this type of migraine and aura

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  • By Tim64

    I have experienced the same things this month after 5 server migraines. Last night had a hard time walking, due to my left leg not working and draging also left arm and hand weak. My motor skill not right,

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  • By DizzyLizzy

    Me too. Had one side get so droopy while working as an election judge my fellow judges almost called 911. They thought I was stroking. But I knew it was just migraine. Followed up w mri and an Mrs to see blood flow. All was fine.

    When migraine gets really bad vertigo kicks in.

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  • By Marjieoc

    My sense of balance is definitely affected by migraine. In October i bent over to pick up something and fell over sideways, breaking my ankle in two places. (It turns out I have osteoporosis despite normal bone scans. A new addition to my collection of chronic ailments. Oh, joy.)

    I keep a cane nearby to help with my occasional unsteadiness, and i have exercises im doing in hope of building up my muscle memory for staying upright. Migraine sucks, and getting older doesn’t help!

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  • By watts41

    I absolutely have similar problems with my hands as stated above, however I have great difficulty related it to my migraines. No question we have sensory auras which result in a range of neurological symptoms, however I have problems understanding why these symptoms should persist either before or after the migraine. I wonder if myself and other dont have a number of concerns happening concurrently. Please dont get me wrong I am not trying to belittle the idea, just find it hard to understand.

    I have heard that migraines with aura can lead to build u of white matter lesions in the brain. Anyone read this? If perhaps these may lead to prolonged neuro typ symptoms?

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