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Familial Hemiplegic Migraine

Familial Hemiplegic Migraine, usually begin in childhood and vanishes by the in the sufferers 20s.

It is a frustrating condition and comes in two types: Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) and Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine (SHM).

First, in order to understand Hemiplegic Migraines, we have to understand that Migraine attacks are episodic manifestations of a neurological disease that has genetic “origins.”

Diagnosing the Symptoms of Familial Hemiplegic Migraine

Diagnosing FHM and SHM can be difficult as the symptoms are also indicative of vascular disease. and can be thought to be, epilepsy, stroke, or other conditions.

A full neurological exam and careful review of medical history and symptoms are necessary to rule out other conditions and confirm a diagnosis of FHM or SHM. Family medical history is especially helpful in diagnosing FHM.

FHM and SHM share the same symptoms, which will vary among different Migraineurs. The difference between the two is that FHM can be traced back in the family history and has been linked to mutations of specific genes. SHM is the exact same condition as FHM without the genetic link and that particular genetic mutation.

A Migraine can present in a variety of ways.

Symptoms of Hemiplegic Migraine

Below are the common symptoms of both types of these kinds of migraine attacks.

  • Episodes of prolonged aura (up to several days or weeks)
  • or weeks) Hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body)
  • Fever
  • Meningismus (symptoms of meningitis without the actual illness and accompanying inflammation)
  • Impaired consciousness ranging from confusion to profound coma
  • Headache, which may begin before the hemiplegia or be absent
  • Ataxia (defective muscle coordination)
  • The onset of the hemiplegia may be sudden and simulate a stroke.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Phonophobia and/or photophobia (sensitivity to sound and or light)    
Hemiplegic Migraine Symptoms Treatment

The diagnosis for these conditions is key. After an accurate diagnosis, treatment of Hemiplegic Migraine is simplified but still challenging.

When compared to Common Migraine Headache, these symptoms are greater in number and more difficult to treat. Those who experience Hemiplegic Migraines absolutely need to learn about this condition and treatment.

It’s very common to need to seek the care of an excellent Migraine specialist with an established track record for treatment as many other doctors have never treated a case of Hemiplegic Migraine.

The Beyond Headaches program is a great starting point to learn and adopt the head space that will be needed, to be strong, empowered, as you or your child wade through the challenges associated with this rare condition.

Learn the 3 most useful Self-Help Tips when dealing with FAMILIAL HEMIPLEGIC MIGRAINES
from Dr. Finnigan, the author of Life Beyond Headaches.

Familial Hemiplegic Migraines