What is a Hemiplegic Migraine?

Posted by on Feb. 01, 2013

Hemiplegic migraine is probably one of the most alarming subtypes of migraine. For migraine sufferers who are unaware of this condition and its symptoms, they could easily mistake this disorder as stroke.

Though rare, hemiplegic migraine is normally unilateral like the other types of migraine. However, what’s disturbing about this is that it can cause paralysis on one side of the body during an onset. It can also affect an individual’s balance, coordination, and even speech. Other symptoms include nausea, vertigo, visual aura, and vomiting.

Experts believed that disrupted nerve signals is what causes hemiplegic migraines. However, extensive studies will still have to be conducted to fully understand the mechanism behind this migraine subtype. If you’re showing clear signs of hemiplegic migraine, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to get proper diagnosis and treatment for your condition.

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