Hi there everyone,
I am wondering if you could give me your advice/opinions as to whether I could be having Hemiplegic migraines.
My episodes are variable from mild to stronger. I am having 2-3 episodes every month around period and ovulation time. My symptoms are: tingling and numbness on left side body, even half lips and tongue, my head feels weird and pressurey like my brain is being sucked out. My cheek feels like it is swollen. My mouth and tongue feel like I've been to the dentist and had an injection. My eye feels swollen and I get blurry vision ( no weird shapes or loss of vision) but the sclera goes bloodshot for days afterwards. My left leg goes numb and I can't walk. My left leg always goes every time.
Sometimes my left arm will go weak and sometimes it is a mixture of other leg and arm too. If it is a milder episode it will just be my left leg and I have to drag it around with me. A stronger episode seems to involve all my left side. I have to drag my stiff heavy left side body with me. My left side chest is heavy and stiff like a board. It is exhausting and I find it difficult to breathe, I make grunting sounds on exertion. My speech goes slurry and lispy. I struggle to get the words out. My speech has never gone completely though. I feel confused in my brain and a bit out of it. One time i was trying to put rubbish in the bin, i kept looking at the rubbish and then at the bin. I knew it had to go in there but I couldn't work out how to do it. My coordination is off. It seems that my upper arms go weak and stiff and heavy. If I try to eat I cannot lift a fork to my mouth. these episodes last anything from 40 mins to 2 hours. I seem to get multiple episodes per day. Just this Monday I had 3 and again 4 episodes on Tuesday. None today but I am left with residual weakness of left leg so I still am unable to walk. It usually takes a good few days for my leg to recover.
Also since reading all about migraines my symptoms seem to fit. I recognise the prodrome, I have an underactive thyroid and thought that I had been having hyper episodes but now think it could be the prodrome symptoms. I get irritiable and rage at poor hubby and I have excessive yawning
It has also been suggested by doctors that I have Gastroparesis but since keeping a diary I have noticed that I only have digestive trouble at the same time as these attacks. I often vomit or have thought I've had bouts of food poisoning until I've put it all together. I have to stop eating for a few days at these times as my digestive system doesn't seem to work.
I have also had muscle and nerve tests on my left leg and the results of two seperate tests showed myopathy.
So what are your thoughts? Does this sound like migraine??
Forgot to say I don't actually get the headache pain just a pressure feeling like my brain is inflamed and some alien is trying to suck it out of my skull!
Thanks in advance for any advice or thoughts