Post Edited By Moderator (Chutz) : 7/11/2007 1:28:30 PM (GMT-6)
"In addition to being disabling, Migraines can be life-threatening. To put this in perspective, more people died from Migrainous Stroke last year than were murdered with handguns. The World Health Organization in 2004 in a Blue Book report noting that Migraine & Headache disorders are a global public health calamity. Dr Peer Tfelt-Hansen, president of IHS, explained:" (From: http://www.migraines.org/myth/mythreal.htm)
YES!!! Migraine sufferers are twice as likely to have a stroke than people who do not suffer from migraines. Stroke is more likely with someone who has had Status Migrainous (Migrainousus) which is a debilitating Migraine attack lasting for more than 72 hours. If moderate to severe Migraine pain lasts more than 72 hours, with less than a solid four-hour pain-free period, while awake, it should be considered an emergency requiring an office call or a trip to the emergency room.
I have had extended migraine "episodes" one of which lasted 33 days, and I have had a mild stroke which resulted in loss of feeling on my right side (face, neck, arm and hand)
Again, if you have 72 hours of migraine pain WITHOUT 4 hours that are pain free, please see your doctor. I have also ready that if you have migraine WITH AURA you are more likely to have a migraine related stroke than those who suffer from migraines without aura.