Hemiplegic Migraines and Brain Damage?

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   Posted 5/17/2014 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
For those of you who have suffered from a hemiplegic migraine, have any of your doctors ever mentioned any kind of permanent or long term damage?

Two years ago I had an incident. The best I could describe was that it felt like a stroke (at 25 years old). The doctor (an RN) ordered an MRI and there was no evidence of damage, but he said that it was a hemiplegic migraine. I've had a migraine since and as I type this, the same area of my head hurts that felt like someone had smacked me with a baseball bat two years ago.

I had mentioned once, in passing, this to my mother's doctor (an MD I admit, I trusted more than my RN). And she, on the way out, said something about the migraine could've caused brain damage. So I'm curious, has a doctor said anything like that to anyone here?

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   Posted 8/18/2014 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have hemiplegic migraine. I had several tests including 3 MRI's before getting my diagnosis. Severe chronic migraine can cause small white matter lesions (I have a few), although they shouldn't affect your normal daily functioning. Migraine usually (I say usually because I'm not an expert) won't cause the kind of damage that you are probably thinking of where a person loses a function for life. Hope this helps
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