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Inside a Hemiplegic Migraine

I’ve recently started to publish my work on sharing my Hemiplegic Migraine diagnosis story. Part 1 of my diagnosis story was published & ironically, I had a monumental HM the same day.

I thought I would take a few minutes to explain what HM does to my body when I experience one, so here is my most articulate way of explaining to all of you some of what I experience.


Symptoms may differ

Hemiplegic Migraine can present with different symptoms. This day I didn’t have more severe symptoms I do with others.

Thanks for taking a few minutes & reading up on something I struggle with, in hopes that I am able to help others with HM feel less lost like I did when I first started experiencing these “attacks.”

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  • AnnieA
    7 months ago

    Thank you so much for posting this video. I was diagnosed with HM about 4 years ago and experience many of the same symptoms as you. My first clue that an attack is coming is usually difficulty finding my words. I know what I want to say, but my brain can’t make the connection to express them. Some days are better than others. The major attacks have lessened a bit with daily medications, but I still have them several times a month.

    Posts and videos like this help me feel less alone. HM is rather rare so finding someone else that understands the symptoms can be difficult. Luckily, I have a fantastic support system to help me through an attack when they come on.

  • #purpleproject moderator author
    7 months ago

    I’m so glad that you found answers. I feel as if it took me years. I was stubborn and didn’t want to find out what was really the root cause. I was terrified. I feel so much less alone working with others on this site. Thank you for your comment!
    kelly, Author & Moderator

  • cal2
    1 year ago

    Hi, I don’t remember having symptoms of tingling or numbness you describe but the extreme nausea and pain have been a life changer for my last 11 years. Thank you for sharing your pain with us. We aren’t all alike but it’s interesting to hear how many ways migraine affects people fighting for health and understanding. Good luck and know you’re being heard and that I am among others hoping you find answers and friends who listen. My aphasia is so bad today, this was a challenge to write.

  • #purpleproject moderator author
    7 months ago

    Cal2, I get it. I just recorded a raw video of what it feels like to live with this and also be unmedicated (due to doctor’s orders). Thank you so much for your comment and I hope this finds you in great health! Kelly, Author & Moderator

  • Jannii
    1 year ago

    Hi, these are the migraines I have suffered but never knew they were called Hemiplegic,
    Was left paralysed on my left side for 3 days before the feeling came back, not been as severe since it’s usually a numbness after the migraine now. It’s a scary experience.

  • Douglas
    1 year ago

    Hang in there, I completely understand. Make the “good” days count as much as you can. For me, I find that humour helps (my wife and daughter are less amused). I hope you find a regime that helps you.

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