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What causes intermittent severe migraine attacks along with blurred vision and numbness in left hand?

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Dr. Erion Spaho

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Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Fri, 16 Oct 2015 in Headache and Migraines
Question: Hi, I am a 20 year old female and have been getting severe migraines for most of my life. I usually get these migraines once or twice a year (sometimes I can go a whole year without getting any). It starts with blurry vision and then my left hand starts to become numb and then the numbness makes its way up my arm and sometimes I get it in my face. I then get my migraine and every time I do, I get nauseated and vomit multiple times in the few hours that the pain lasts. They happened more frequently when I was younger but I still get them every now and then. Should I see my doctor? The symptoms have been consistent with each migraine, almost like I'm having a stroke!
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Change of treatment needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Since your migraine headaches happen very rarely, only acute or abortive treatment suffices.

Ibuprofen seems not to work, so change in abortive treatment is needed.

Options include:

-Triptans ( sumatriptan, zolmitriptan, frovatriptan etc.)

- Ergots ( dihidroergotamine, combination of ergotamine and caffeine, cafergot, migergot ).

A combination of sumatriptan and naproxen ( Treximet ) also is available and an effective abortive treatment.

Remember that you should take one of the above mentioned drugs immediately after you notice the starting of a migraine crisis (aura), so you should carry at least one tablet of one of above mentioned drugs always with you.

Migraine headaches tend to happen less as one person ages.

Since these are prescription drugs, you should discuss with your primary care Doctor about their use.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Take care.

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