Submitted via Coeurdelhistoire:
So last night I had a terrifying experience that started with a fairly typical ocular migraine, and turned into terror when my whole left arm and left side of my face started tingling and went numb. It turned out to be my second ever migraine with symptoms of tingling and numbness of one side of my body, which utterly convinced me I was having a stroke until I did some research, and found out that this was actually a fairly common symptom of migraines.
According to Migraines.com:
Migraine numbness or tingling symptoms : an introduction
Migraine symptoms are not always confined to the head. Sometimes there are other parts of the body that are affected by migraines. As changes occur in the brain, different sensations may be felt throughout the body.
A common complaint is a feeling of numbness or tingling in a small or large area of the body. These symptoms are sometimes associated with sensory aura.
Migraine sufferers may experience:
- Numb fingers
- Numb face
- Arm numbness
- Head numbness
- Numbness in the lips, tongue or legs
- Numbness on one side of the body
These sensations of numbness, sometimes called sensory aura, can occur before, during or after the migraine pain begins. Most often the sensations occur on the same side of the body as the pain in the head.
About 15 percent of migraine sufferers experienced numbness in the face and 13 percent felt their leg or arm went numb, in a study of 740 migraine sufferers.
This makes me feel much better knowing that I really probably didn’t have a stroke, and I would like to spread the knowledge of this possible symptom, if only in hopes that it will keep other migraineurs from thinking they were having a stroke if/when they have this symptom. Know you are not alone. If it helps, know that there are others out there that suffer with you.
Migraineursproblems : Goodness! Thanks for sharing the information, now that was one kind of migraine I had never heard about, nor experienced and I’m glad I didn’t. If you guys have such stories to share, please do! If you ever had sensory aura, tell us what happened. The best way to stay informed is to share such knowledge. It is always so stressful not knowing what’s going on.