Husband with Migraines-Please Help!

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   Posted 11/4/2006 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has gotten migraines since he was about 15 years old.  Sometimes they come with pain and sometimes they do not.  He is otherwise healthy.  He is a professional athlete and therefor in great shape.  He has an MRI about 10  years ago that was normal. 
The way the Migraine usually starts is he starts feeling "spacey".  His fingers start to go numb on the left side, starting with the pinky finger.  He then loses his peripheral vision and sees squiggly lines and lines of light.  Yesterday, he got pretty bad amnesia.  He could not remember what a hot dog was!! I mentioned a hot dog and he says "what is a hot dog?" I had to go get a pack of them and show him.    It sounds funny but was really scary for me.  He had trouble carrying on conversations for the rest of the day.  Is this stuff all normal for a migraine?  I am worried and I don't know much about headaches.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 11/4/2006 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi kronstoolong,

Sorry your husband is going through this. The vision and tingly stuff sounds like Aura which usually comes before the full on attack in some people. Has your husband seen a Neurologist? If he hasn't I would strongly recommend that he does. Migraine affects all of us slightly differently, so what works for one will not necessarily work for another.

I lose concentration in an attack and often get words muddled up and find difficulty explaining what I want/need. There is a lot of info here on this site about migraine too so have a good look and educate yourself on this condition as I am sure you have done for Crohns!

Please let us know how your husband gets on, and please discuss these symptoms with a Neuro!

take care


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   Posted 11/4/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Ann, Thank you for your reply. I don't think he has seen a neurologist, only a Family Doctor who sent him for the MRI. I will talk to him about seeing a Neurologist. Thanks!

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   Posted 11/5/2006 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey kronstoolong,
The symptoms you describe your husband having sound a bit more serious and somewhat different that what migraine sufferers get...specifically the lack of comprehending the "hot dog".  The other symptoms could be constistant with someone suffering from a migraine, but mental problems usually come in the form of using the wrong word, having difficulty completing a sentence or thought, or lapses in memory, i.e. times, dates, quantities, etc...  Loss of comprehension goes beyond the typical migraine symptom.  It can be a side effect of medication, but you didn't mention if your husband took any medication(s) for his migraine attacks.  If not the result of medication, it might be a symptom of a mini-seizure or mini-stroke.  I would suggest getting your husband in to see a neurologist as soon as possible.  I don't mean to be an alarmist, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Please keep us updated.
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