February 25, 2010

Cure for Hemiplegic Migraine

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

A migraine is an extremely painful headache. It is described as an intense throbbing or pulsing in one part of the head. During migraines people are very sensitive to light and sound and may also feel nauseated and vomit. Migraines are of different forms and it is therefore necessary to identify the exact form of the migraine you are suffering from. Hemiplegic migraine is one such form which is rare but known to be very serious. Besides normal migraine symptoms, people who suffer from hemiplegic migraines experience temporary paralysis of any part of the body resulting also in numbness and a tingling sensation. The sides of your body grow weak especially of your face and limbs. This is followed by a headache which could affect you for many hours, sometimes even days, and the inability to speak is also experienced.

There are two types of hemiplegic migraines; familial and sporadic migraine. The familial migraine can be traced back in one’s family history and has been linked to mutations of specific genes on chromosomes 1 and 19, while the latter is not inherited. Sporadic hemiplegic migraines have no genetic connection and are not inherited. Both these migraines are generally seen in children. As the child grows these migraines tend to disappear. . Besides theses common symptoms for both the forms there are a lot of symptoms that widely vary. Some symptoms would include no muscular coordination, half body paralysis, meningitis-like symptoms, confusion, coma, dizziness , weakness, fever and sometimes strokes.

If you are detected with any one of these migraines, right medication would be needed to treat the disease successfully. All medication taken must be sanctioned by your doctor so as to keep at bay all other complications or even side effects that might arise. Buying medication at your local druggist could give you temporary relief but does not help in the long run. Treating hemiplegic migraine is very challenging as the symptoms are greater in number. Maintaining a diary where you mention all your symptoms will help the doctor treat you better. As a final word of caution, people who suffer from Hemiplegic Migraine should consider wearing medical identification at all times, since a migraine attack can lead to impaired consciousness and an inability to speak. Medical identification can save valuable time in an emergency and ensure that proper treatment is received as soon as possible.