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!