The National Headache Foundation describes Hemiplegic migraine as:
A rare form of migraine where people experience weakness on one side of their body (hemiplegia) in addition to the migraine headache attack.
- Motor weakness on one side of the body (Hemiplegia)
- Other typical aura symptoms – vision changes (sparkles, shimmers, visual field defects), numbness, tingling, trouble speaking
- Impaired consciousness ranging from confusion to profound coma
- Ataxia (defective muscle coordination)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Phonophobia (increased sensitivity to sound) and/or photophobia (increased sensitivity to light)
The symptoms can last for hours to days, or rarely weeks, but most resolve completely.