Migraine is classified into two classifications, Migraine with Aura and Migraine without Aura. Within these two classifications are several rare types of Migraine.
Each of these rare types of Migraine comes with specific symptoms. It is important to identify what type Migraine you have in order to receive the proper treatment.
Rare Types of Migraine
1. Hemiplegic Migraine
A Hemiplegic Migraine is a rare Migraine that includes stroke like symptoms. These include paralysis or weakness of one side of the body, vision impairment, speech issues. This type of Migraine does come with an increased risk for stroke.
My Story: I have been diagnosed with Hemiplegic Migraine. I have an attack nearly everyday. My entire life has been impacted by this disease. I can no longer drive or work and I miss events that I would have never missed before. I have been hospitalized several times due to Status Migrainous. Because Hemiplegic Migraine is rare, it took many years to receive my diagnosis.
2. Ophthalmic Migraine
This rare type of Migraine is also called an Ocular Migraine. It is characterized by repeated blind spots in one side of the vision that lasts between a minute to an hour before the Migraine begins.
3. Basilar Migraine
According to Healthline.com, Basilar Migraine is a, “type of migraine with that begins in your brain stem.” Because it begins in the Brain stem, the senses are impacted and it can include one or both side of the body.
4. Vestibular Migraine
Vestibular Migraine is a Migraine that causes severe dizziness or vertigo. This is accompanied by severe nausea and may come with or without a severe throbbing headache.
5. Abdominal Migraine
This is a rare type of Migraine that mostly occurs in children. The symptoms include severe episodes of abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite. Most children with Abdominal Migraine will develop some form of Migraine as adults.
To find out more about other types of Migraine, the American Migraine Foundation is a great resource.
- Migraine Explained: Cognitive Dysfunction
- Migraine Explained: Migraine Triggers
- Migraine Explained: Season Change
- Migraine Explained: Allodynia
- Migraine Explained: Status Migrainosus
Disclaimer: This blog post provides general information and first hand accounts about a serious medical condition. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice.