Unusual Symptoms Warrant Prompt Medical Attention

Q. I had a migraine yesterday morning and took my medication to get rid of it. It got rid of my pounding pain, but about 2 hours later a portion of the right side of my face became numb. Within another 3 hours, the entire right side of my face was numb, my mouth was drooping, and my right arm and leg were heavy. As you can imagine, we thought I could be having a stroke. I am 43. We went to the emergency room, and by the time I arrived, even my speech was affected.

All CT scans came back clear. The doctors decided I was having a complex migraine and explained the headaches can present as though the patient is having a stroke. They gave me a migraine “cocktail” and massive steroids and within a half hour, my symptoms were much improved. I am still regaining more control even today.

What was so odd was that I had no pain.  Have you heard of this kind of migraine before? Continue Reading


Rare Form of Migraine Sidelines Notre Dame Linebacker

A rare and severe form of migraine was in the spotlight recently when Danny Spond, a Notre Dame linebacker, had to stop playing football after struggling with hemiplegic migraine for the last year.

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Spond hopes to continue as a linebacker coach for the Fighting Irish, but his departure and a statement from team physician, Jennifer Malcolm, MD, indicated just how disabling this form of migraine can be. Continue Reading




Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Janice

I have suffered Basilar Artery Migraines which I was diagnosed with, but after reading articles from The National Headache Foundation I believe that I should be diagnosed with Hemiplegic migraine. Although I still do not totally fall into this category.

I started suffering with this type of migraines from the age of 13, where I started my periods, and after suffering epileptic seizures since I was 2 years old. My grandfather and father had them and then I developed them—-but they were of a more intense version. A couple of days before I get a seizure, I start to experience chest pain, on and off until the attack starts. Continue Reading