I'm 41, and I've had migraines all my life (7 years old or so). Few months ago I started to feel some numbness in my left hand and arm. It seems kind of like a wave coming down from my shoulder or upper part of my arm. I feel it especially in my forearm and tip of fingers.
I just read in an answer to a post about Multiple Sclerosis that a person with migraines for a long time is expected to have some tiny brain lesions with age (40+).
Should I worry about my numbness? Is this a "normal" consequence of my long-term migraines? Should I do a MRI?
How are you? One subtype of migraine headache is called hemiplegic migraine which also presents with a pins-and-needles feeling (often moving from the hand to the arm); numbness on one side of the body ( such as the arm, leg, and/or one side of the face); weakness or paralysis on one side of the body; slurred speech; or loss of balance and coordination. This type of migraine is said to be genetic in nature. Check with your neurologist to rule this out. Imaging studies such as MRI may also be indicated especially if your last test was long way back. Take care and do keep us posted.
thanks so much for responding my question. I do not associate the numbness with the migraine. I feel the pins-and-needles in my lert arm and fingers any time. Maybe specially when I'm sitting. Also, I have had these type of migraines since I was a child, but the numbness appeared last year. Does this information rule out hemiplegic migraine? What I would like to rule out - which scares me a lot - is the possibility of it being Multiple Sclerosis, or another neurological or cardiovascular disease.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my question again.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.