What Are Hemiplegic Headaches?
The term “hemiplegic” means paralysis on one side of the body. When individuals suffer from hemiplegic headaches, they will experience a migraine attack that causes temporary weakness along one side of the body. The arms, legs or face can be affected and it is common to feel pins and needles or total numbness in one or more of these areas.
Vision, speech and concentration problems are also common. All of this can make for a scary and stressful experience for the person involved. These symptoms are especially frightening when experienced for the first time as they are sometimes similar to stroke symptoms.
The good news is that hemiplegic headaches rarely last for longer than 24 hours and the headache can dissipate before the weakness does. All patients are different and may experience a range of varying symptoms.
What Are the Causes Of Hemiplegic Headaches?
Unfortunately, hemiplegic headaches are genetic and have been linked to three particular genes - CACNA1A, ATP1A2 and SCN1A. When these genes become mutated or damaged, they can lead to the breakdown of certain proteins in the body. This protein is essential for clear communication between nerve cells. When this protein is not present, the nerve cells have problems taking up or releasing neurotransmitters - these are the messengers that send messages between cells.
How Are Hemiplegic Headaches Treated?
The treatment of hemiplegic headaches can be a challenge. There are usually more symptoms involved than with a normal migraine or headache. Therefore, treatment needs to be more precise and tailored to the patient.
If you are suffering from these headaches, we can give you advice and information about the condition and how best to alleviate your symptoms. Our migraine specialists excel in treating this type of problem and have an established track record for success.
Get the Best Headache Treatment and Diagnosis
At the New Jersey Headache Institute, we offer expert assistance and advice when it comes to headache diagnosis. We understand how debilitating hemiplegic headaches can be and will prescribe the right treatments for your condition.
Our services start with a professional diagnosis as we treat every case on an individual basis. Book an appointment today to find out more about our services and how we can help you to relieve the pain and frustration of this genetic condition. Just because it is genetic doesn’t mean you have to put up with its symptoms.
Call our specialist headache management team today at 908.315.5707 or use our contact form to book a consultation.