1 Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic-W8A, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. Hemiplegic migraine is a rare subtype of migraine with aura associated with transient hemiplegia. The weakness is caused by motor aura.Author: Cited by: Publish Year:
What medical tests can diagnose hemiplegic migraine?
Tests of your heart and the blood vessels in your neck can rule out symptoms caused by blood clots. If you have a family member with similar symptoms, your doctor may want to do genetic testing . Familial hemiplegic migraine means it runs in your family, and you could pass it on to your children.
What is the treatment for hemiplegic migraines?
Typically, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), anti-nausea drugs, or opioids are used to ease the immediate symptoms of a hemiplegic migraine. Symptoms of hemiplegic migraine can mimic symptoms of other conditions such as stroke and epilepsy, so there’s no doubt that experiencing one of these episodes can be frightening.
How rare are hemiplegic migraines?
Hemiplegic migraine is a rare form of migraine where people experience weakness on one side of their body (hemiplegia) in addition to the migraine headache attack. The weakness is a form of migraine aura and occurs with other forms of typical migraine aura like changes in vision, speech or sensation.
When do symptoms of hemiplegic migraine headaches start?
Hemiplegic migraine symptoms often start when you’re a child or teen . Sometimes, they’ll disappear when you’re an adult.
Can hemiplegic migraine be hard to tell?
Hemiplegic migraine can be hard to tell apart from other conditions, like stroke or mini-stroke (also called transient ischemic attack ). Its symptoms can also be similar to diseases like multiple sclerosis or epilepsy. To rule out conditions with similar symptoms, your doctor will do tests like these:
How to diagnose migraine?
Migraine Diagnosis Tests. No specific test exists to confirm a diagnosis of migraines. Instead, doctors must rule out all other diseases or illnesses that could cause similar symptoms. In fact, only half of the people who meet the definition of migraines have been officially diagnosed. Therefore, depending on your migraine symptoms,…
What are the symptoms of a hemiplegic migraine?
Symptoms of a hemiplegic migraine can include: Weakness on one side of your body, including your face, arm, and leg (motor aura) Numbness or tingling in the affected side of your face or limb (sensory aura)
What is a hemiplegic headache?
Hemiplegic migraine attacks comprise an aura phase and a headache phase. Aura refers to additional neurological symptoms that occur with, or often shortly before, the development of the migraine headache. A migraine aura usually lasts about an hour, but can take up to a week to completely resolve.