Word of the Week – Migraine

I have talked about migraines many times before on my blog because I have been a sufferer now for more than 30 years. The last two years have been better because as I have always suspected, they seem to be hormone related and my hormones have changed thanks to the menopause.

In the last two years though, I have had two quite terrifying attacks called hemiplegic migraines. I had one this week and ended up in hospital.

You have probably not heard of a hemiplegic migraine as they are extremely rare (jeez, I like to tot up the rare conditions don’t I?) A hemiplegic migraine causes paralysis, particularly in the face and they mimic strokes. When I had mine at the beginning of this week I was suffering all day, feeling like it was the worst migraine I’d ever had. Then Hubby went to pick the kids up from school and when he got back my left side of my face was completely numb and I couldn’t speak properly. He took me to hospital. I didn’t want to go, I felt to ill to go out, I just wanted to go to bed. The hospital gave me morphine for the pain but it didn’t even take the edge off. Fortunately the paralysis started to wear off and I was able to speak again. They wanted to give me Triptans but I refused. I know from many years of experience that Triptans only work for me if I take them at the very beginning of a migraine. I also know that they make me very ill despite shortening the life of my migraines. So I came home to sleep it off, and sleep is all I was capable of.

Luckily, it passed after two days which was pretty good.

The first hemiplegic migraine I had was back before I got sick. It happened during the night and I was alone. It affected my entire left side and I was unable to move out of bed or move my mouth to call for help. I just had to lie there in agony for what seemed like hours (I worked out it was around one and half hours before feeling came back.) My GP was arranging for me to have a CT scan to rule out that I’d had a TIA (mini stroke), but before the scan came around I was admitted to hospital with my current condition. I did have a full MRI so if I did have blood clots they would have picked them up. So, it was put on my notes that I’d had a hemiplegic migraine. And now I’ve had two.

I think I gave my husband his scariest Halloween ever!

The Reading Residence

Twin Mummy and Daddy

9 Comments

  1. November 3, 2017 / 10:43 am

    It is scary, isn't it? I gave my husband a similar fright a couple of years ago. Sleep really does help. I'm so glad you are feeling better now. Hope you have a good weekend. #wotw

  2. November 3, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Oh how awful for you and your husband to watch these happen! I'm very lucky to not suffer with migraines although i get a lot of tension headaches (not the same i know!) but my sister has always had really bad migraines so i know the effect they can have on life!
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  3. November 3, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    How scary for all of you, and painful for you. I've not heard of them before. I have had just a handful of migraines in my life and they were more than hideous enough, so I can only imagine how awful you felt. Glad you're feeling better now x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. mummyhereandthere
    November 3, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I suffer from Mirgraines they are awful but this sounds hell. I hope you make a speedy recovery X #wotw

  5. November 3, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Oh gosh! What scare…I used to suffer really bad migraines but nothing like this. I am glad you're feeling better now x

  6. November 5, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Wow what a scare I feel for you migraines have been a part of my adult life always Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week

  7. sarahmo3w
    November 5, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    That sounds absolutely horrendous! It must have been very scary. I hope you don't have another one any time soon.

  8. angiemwebster77
    November 6, 2017 / 7:36 am

    How frightening for you, that sounds awful. A normal migraine is bad enough, I'm glad you got to the hospital quickly. I hope this week is a much better week for you, you certainly deserve it x #WotW

  9. November 7, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Oh my goodness that does sound frightening. Normal migraines are bad enough let alone ones like these. So sorry to hear that you had such an awful one and hope you feel much better now x #WotW

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