As I begin the journey of posting about my life with a chronic illness…more specifically Hemiplegic Migraine…I decided that before I can explain how it effects me and my life that I need to explain what it is. I must take the first step.
WebMD’s definition is as close to perfect as I can find.
“Hemiplegic migraine is a rare and serious type of migraine headache. Many of its symptoms mimic those common to stroke; for example, muscle weakness can be so extreme that it causes a temporary paralysis on one side of your body, which doctors call hemiplegia.”
What does that mean? What does it REALLY mean? It means that on my worst days I have stroke-like symptoms 5-8 times a day. What does Stroke-like mean? The right side of my face droops, my tongue is numb, I can’t talk, my right arm is completely dead. Then the headache…usually an 7 or 8 on a pain scale.
Most people just take a shot that makes the headache portion go away. But here is where the dangerous part comes in…Hemiplegic Migraine doubles your stroke risk. Those Triptans than can destroy headache pain in minutes also comes with a stroke risk. I think you see where I am going…it is too much of a risk for me to take them.
I will get into explanations of how it has changed my life as I go on
This is just the first step!.