Migraines sap a person’s energy and leave him or her feeling frustrated and looking for answers to the pain. Hemiplegic migraines are a type of neurological disorder and prove to be extremely disabling. They are known for:
- Aura that occurs before the head pain
- Loss of balance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cognitive problems – such as mixing up or forgetting words
- Throbbing, intense pain on one side of the head
- Numbness on one side of the body affecting the arms, legs, and face
- Decrease in consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Visual issues – seeing double, blind spots, or zig zag lines
- Intense sensitivity to light, odors, or sound
- Tingling sensation from the hand up into the arm
This is not the typical migraine as it is often accompanied by paralysis and muscle weakness at the same time the aura occurs. Often it appears as if the one affected is having a stroke except for the fact that the weakness comes on slowly and builds up. This is why it is called hemiplegic – because it affects one side of the body only. The muscle weakness usually lasts around 24 hours but may last a few days, and sometimes the paralysis occurs without the head pain. Generally, these migraines begin in one’s childhood and often go away as a person gets older.
Relief from Hemiplegic Migraines in Vancouver, Washington
Hemiplegic migraines can often be caused by a malfunction in the communication system of the body. The nervous system is responsible for sending and receiving signals from the brain and body. It is made up of the brain, the spinal cord, and nerves. If a misalignment has occurred in one of the bones of the upper neck – the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) – communication can be hindered. It only takes a ¼ of a millimeter misalignment to throw off the entire body’s communication system.
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