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I've been having more flashing-light / visual obstruction migraine auras in the last few months.  Yesterday evening I had the fingers of my right hand go temporarily numb!  Fellow migraineurs, is this a known thing?

It was about 90 minutes after I'd first seen visual disturbances. I'd taken my drugs, waited for them to work, reached the point where I couldn't see my desktop properly so left work a bit early; collected the children; made them some food so I could crash if/when the headache got really bad.  I was in the middle of making myself some food when numbness started up in my right thumb.  It  moved slowly across the hand - maybe 5-10 minutes to move completely across.  By the time the fourth finger was solidly numb, the thumb wasn't any more.  My impression is the progression was similar in speed to the way flashing lights move across my field of vision from the left side to the right, and I gather that is something to do with the neurochemical cascade of the migraine travelling across the brain.  So maybe this was too.

(My sumatriptan has been working approx 4-5 times out of 6 if I take it as soon as I notice visual disturbance.  Yesterday was one of the times it didn't. I briefly tried getting up this morning; Tony got up to do the school run assuming I wouldn't be fit to go anywhere and he turned out to be right.)

Date: 2017-02-21 14:25 (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Ugh. No insights specific to migraine on this so I'll just listen, but ugh numb hand is not fun. Sounds like you coped really well, but still, I'm sorry you have exciting new symptom, the old ones sounded like plenty enough funfun.

Date: 2017-02-22 02:33 (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Augh. ALL THE THINGS is too many things. :(

Date: 2017-02-21 15:17 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jackandahat
*Waves from the numb corner*

I don't know if mine spreads quite like that, by the time I notice it tends to be the whole hand. It just feels a bit like I'm drunk, or really cold, when it just doesn't quite feel attached but if I poke it hard then I can feel things, just dull.

Date: 2017-02-21 16:09 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feng_shui_house
I used to get optical migraines (painless, but complete whiteout blindness lasting from a few minutes up to half an hour), and had numbness, persistent numbness, in one area on the left side of my left knee. I suspect it was part of my gluten intolerance, because after strictly avoiding gluten I haven't had an optical migraine in years, and the sensation in the knee eventually (after several years) returned to normal.

Have you been tested to see if you have gluten intolerance/sensitivity? Migraine and nerve damage aren't mentioned often as symptoms so people, including doctors, don't think to check for it.

Date: 2017-02-21 20:20 (UTC)
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
From: [personal profile] feng_shui_house
I tend to see gluten intolerance symptoms in everything, because it is correlated with such a wide range of problems including Asperger's, skin conditions, fertility, etc.

I hope you can find something to reduce, if not eliminate, your migraine attacks. *hugs*

Date: 2017-02-21 18:22 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hilarita
Heh. In "aren't the neurological symptoms fun", I had pins and needles in my left leg from my migraine yesterday. Superhappyfuntimes. I've never noticed numbness (but I try to spend migraines lying down, because I Can't Have Teh Triptans *sob* *sob*, so I might not exactly notice numbness.
I mean, numbness is well within the penumbra of 'neurological weird shit that you can get with a migraine'. I'd definitely worry (well, wander reluctantly to a quack) if I got numbness like that without the obvious proximate cause of a migraine (or small child cutting off all circulation ect ect), and I might see a quack if this was a regular feature of all future migraines. But once is probably your migraine playing silly buggers with you.*

* though possibly without all of the pieces.

Date: 2017-02-21 19:39 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
Oh yeah, that has happened to me too. No idea why it does, but it's like fun nerve damage time! WTF.

Date: 2017-02-22 01:45 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ruthct21
It's many years since I had a full-blown migraine but I still get the visual disturbance (a kind of fractured glittering rainbow that grows and slowly moves across my field of vision) especially when I am under stress. I can deal with this by rest and darkened room plus, I have recently discovered, gentle massage on the pulse points around the forehead and to the sides of the eye-sockets. They still leave me fairly worn out afterwards!
We have a family history of low blood sugar - one of the reasons why many of our family function badly until they have had some food in the morning - so I think it may be worth you checking out your blood sugar level and also considering whether there is any correlation between attacks and times when you have gone for a long while without food or drink so your blood sugar may have plummeted.

Date: 2017-02-23 13:19 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_nicolai_/
It has happened to me. I rarely get migraines, though, so my statistical sample is not good.

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