Posted 9/22/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)
As a boy, my husband was diagnosed with migraine disorder.
He always had "classic" migraines for years, he went through the whole process of brain scans and different drug treatments (none of which he could tolerate).
A couple of years ago, he had his first hemiplegic migraine attack, causing speech problems, confusion, numbness and tingling on the left side of his body. This lasted for only a little while, and then cleared up, only to leave behind some lasting "disconnected" feelings on the left side of his body.
Over the past few years, a couple more of these attacks occurred, until recently. about four months ago, he started to have these attacks on an almost daily basis.
The left side of his body will start to feel disconnected, and numb (though he can still feel pain), he will start to feel "out of body" like he isn't connected physically to the body he is in and it confuses him. For example, I will take his hand in mine and he will be confused as to who's hand is who's because he isn't sensing himself correctly and visually his perceptions of his own body are confused. He will feel mentally confused, and sometimes his speech comes out a bit confused as well. The sensory messages across his body also become confused, and crossed. Like during the attack his brain is unable to process more than one thing at once. For example: if I touch him and he has to process the sensation of feeling my touch, it makes him feel more mentally confused. His left side, arm and leg will feel heavy and effects him walking. His lips and tongue will feel numb and he will feel a crawling sensation in the left side of his face combined with numbness. He will be clumsy and will loose coordination as well.
Other than going through the attack of course, one of the worst parts is that the left side disconnected feeling will last beyond the attach for days or weeks at a time. and considering the fact that he is having an attack on a daily basis now, he is feeling constantly disconnected from his left arm and leg and it never gets a chance to clear up.
Has anyone ever had symptoms like these, especially the disconnectedness and out of body feelings? How long did the sensations last? Did if effect your motor control or coordination?
Also, when did the hemiplegic migraines set in for you? Did anyone start with classic migraines that then developed into hemiplegic migraines later in life?
My husband is only in his 30's and this started with only one attack every six months or so, and now it is a daily occurrence that is, to say the least, interfering with his quality of living.