Hemiplegic Migraine

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.

Symptoms include:

  • Motor weakness on one side of the body (Hemiplegia)
  • Headache
  • Other typical aura symptoms – vision changes (sparkles, shimmers, visual field defects), numbness, tingling, trouble speaking
  • Fever
  • 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.

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