I'm sorry to hear you went through such a scary episode, but I'm glad it was a migraine and not a stroke!
" is a term used to identify rare types of migraine headaches that have specific symptoms not usually associated with a common or classic migraine.
For example, a classic migraine usually starts with a visual disturbance (called an "aura"), and then proceeds to a painful headache.
A complex migraine may fall under one of these types:
- Hemiplegic, which includes temporary paralysis or weakness on one side of the body (often mimicking a stroke)
- Retinal, which includes loss of vision in one eye
- Basilar artery, which usually affects young women and includes symptoms such as confusion and difficulty speaking
- Ophthalmoplegic, which includes pain and paralysis of the muscles surrounding the eye
- Status migrainosus, which is a severe migraine that lasts for days
It sounds like you may have experienced a hemiplegic migraine or a basilar artery migraine.
Just because you had one migraine doesn't mean it will ever happen again. That's the tricky thing about these headaches. Often, doctors will wait to treat a patient until they've had multiple migraines over a course of time. That may be why you were sent home without any treatment.
If you have any questions about your migraine experience, I suggest you follow up with your primary health care provider. He or she can help you understand what happened and if you need treatment.
Wishing you all the best!
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