“Complicated Migraines” – those migraines that used to mimic strokes – are now called hemiplegic headaches and I’ve been suffering from one for the past three weeks. When everything originally started, it was just a bad headache and then a migraine. It was a simple migraine if migraines are ever simple, that is.
Because I’d been having such a horrible time sleeping, The Husband let me sleep up into the afternoon one recent Saturday and when he came to wake me, I had all the symptoms of a stroke: my right side was weak and practically limp; including my right eye was closed and the right side of my mouth was drooping. EMS was called and I was whisked off to the Emergency Department where many tests were run. All the tests for stroke came up negative, thank God, yet I still exhibited symptoms of a stroke and, as I became able to talk more – I wasn’t able to talk well for a very long time, but could write my answers with my left hand of all things (I’m right handed)! – I was able to explain my head was still hurting.
Nothing given to me for a headache worked, but my body felt no pain. My speech was still slurred because my mouth only half worked. The doctors gave me a migraine “cocktail” of a steroid, Benadryl, and Phenergan to see if this would help. This was a most uncomfortable night for me, but the headache became better and I was sent home the following day. However, once the cocktail wore off many of the symptoms returned.
Now the symptoms are: weakness on the right side, I am very sensitive to sound, and taste has changed, which I find very odd. The physical therapist and occupational therapist have returned and PT says my leg will probably return before the arm. My right eye is open, but there is a portion that just seems blurry. As you can see, I can type and put words together. I was worried about not being able to do this for a while, but The Husband encouraged me the entire time we were in the hospital and has kept encouraging me here at home.
The pain and “crawling” sensation of the headache hasn’t let up until today. Hopefully, today will be the end of it for a very long time.