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Unbearingly painfl headache, weak down one side and can hardly walk

(25 Posts)
Hther Mon 04-Jul-11 20:40:51

Had migraine type headache start early this morning, usual painkillers and rest didn't work, now I feel so dizzy the slightest move of my head makes me feel i'm going to fall over and my left side feels weak

Advice / sympathy please!

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Mon 04-Jul-11 20:41:53

Erm, I think I'd get myself to a doctor. Having weakness down one side sounds like something that should be checked to me.

Pagwatch Mon 04-Jul-11 20:42:35

Go and get checked out.

EldonAve Mon 04-Jul-11 20:42:56

could be a stroke, hope it's not

Mammonite Mon 04-Jul-11 20:43:22

Have you got any migraine specific medication - I have been prescribed Imigran and it has been a life changer. Really hope you soon feel better but should you try NHS direct if you're that dizzy/weak?

TotalChaos Mon 04-Jul-11 20:44:46

agree with Eldon and others. A & E now.

RollingInTheAisles Mon 04-Jul-11 20:46:53

Can you lift and keep both arms in air? I agree, either way, you should get to A&E

TheSnickeringFox Mon 04-Jul-11 20:51:20

Hi, I agree with the others that if this is the first time you have had this type of attack you definitely need checking out.

However, one sided weakness with a migraine is not unusual - these are called hemiplegic migraines. You may or may not have these, only a medic can diagnose.

Even if it is "just a migraine" ( ha ha ) do not feel embarrassed to seek help. I have had to call an ambulance and be given a drip in the past for a very severe attack. They are excruciating and you have my sympathy.

Please let us know how you get on.

25goingon95 Mon 04-Jul-11 20:51:55

I would go and get checked out now, hope you are ok and it is just a bad migraine

Neverlandpirate Mon 04-Jul-11 21:05:51

I agree with others that it would be best if you get yourself checked out by A&e tonight. They will assess you and be able to give you medication to help.

Migraines can give your symptoms, but as they are also symptoms of other health problems it is advisable to get yourself checked out and let the drs decide what treatment you need. Dr may send you away with pain medication and advice, but you may need to be monitored for a bit as you rare experiencing weakness which you haven't had before.

Hope all goes well for you.

Hther Tue 05-Jul-11 14:53:16

thanks for all messages, got checked out, was a migraine and was given some amazing painkllers, as mucha s i hate taking them, they worked really well!

piratecat Tue 05-Jul-11 14:57:19

glad u are now sorted.

i once had a suspected stroke, face drooped on one side,wanted to pass out. NO headache, but it was a migrianous episode.

quirrelquarrel Tue 05-Jul-11 15:22:42

What about cluster headaches?

How are you now?

quirrelquarrel Tue 05-Jul-11 15:26:27

Sorry, didn't see last message!

Glad you're okay OP- hope you get migraines sorted out. And sometimes you even grow out of them.

TotalChaos Tue 05-Jul-11 15:34:47

am very glad to see you got checked out and are OK.

25goingon95 Tue 05-Jul-11 17:56:26

Im glad you are ok OP, sounded really worrying!

Try to get some rest if you can smile

Hther Sat 09-Jul-11 20:25:32

I am getting migranes every day now, ive had enough, not really bd with weakness and nausea like before, but i'm getting them too frequently and with dizziness, I'm really fed up!

TheSnickeringFox Sat 09-Jul-11 20:47:12

OP sad

Sounds like you need a bit more help managing. What are you on medicine-wise?

I'd recommend a migracap - absolute lifesaver for me.

Hther Sat 09-Jul-11 21:06:36

i take migraleve now, efore used to take paracetamil or ibuprofen but even with migraleve, i wake up the next day with another headache or develop one later that day. I think its mainly tiredness so i suppose the only thing thats really going to work is sleep!

crazykat Sat 09-Jul-11 21:33:14

have you ever taken a preventative medication? there are several different ones that can help like beta-blockers.

the triptan group of painkillers are brilliant too but you need a prescription for them. i've found them much better than migraleve amd they work so much quicker too.

i'd see your gp and ask if you can try a preventative and one of the triptans (naratriptan, sumatriptan and there's another one but i can't remember it). it might take a while to find which works best for you but it's worth it

Hther Sat 09-Jul-11 21:45:45

it was sumatripatn i had the other day, brilliant, and I'm meant to e an antidrug person!

crazykat Sat 09-Jul-11 21:53:43

i don't like taking painkillers unless i really have to but when i've got a blinding migraine and two toddlers running round and a baby to look after that goes out the window and i take naratriptan and within an hour it's like the migraine never happened.

TheSnickeringFox Sat 09-Jul-11 22:32:46

Yes, triptans are bloody brilliant! And prophylactics (drugs taken daily to prevent an occurrence) are a great gift if these migraines are troubling you on a regular basis.

At the Migraine Clinic in London the doc recommended soluble aspirin dissolved in lemonade or coke at the first sign of an attack. I found this quite effective if I caught it really early. Unfortunately I can't use it at the mo as I am breast-feeding.

Neverlandpirate Sun 10-Jul-11 09:54:31

Sorry that you still having recurrent migraines. I take sumitriptan too and get it on prescription, though you can buy it at chemist under it's other name Immigran.

I also find that aspirin 900mg dissolvable tablets work well, but not recommended if you have any stomach problems like indigestion, ulcers or extra acid. Taking it followed by a really strong coffee helps.

My dentist also made me a hard mouth guard as it was found that I grind my teeth in my sleep which also can bring on a migraine. The guard in total cost approx £100 with consultation and fitting, but I have had it now for 6 years so it is worth it. I wear it when I sleep and I find that it has helped to make my migraines less frequent. If I ever forget to wear it I will get a migrant the next it does work for me.

I also agree with a frozen cold pack on my head and temples. I got one from a physio, which is usually used to treat sprains, but it works well on my head held in place with a scarf. As it is frozen it is really cold and seems to constrict blood vessels in my head and stop the thumping head.

I hope you find a good treatment combination for yourself soon. Everyone is different, and our migrants also then affect us differently, so you need to find what works for you.

Neverlandpirate Sun 10-Jul-11 09:56:37

Sorry for typos....migrant is meant to read migraine!

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