Post # 1
I had a history of getting migraines before getting pregnant, usually 1 or 2 a year but they were easily stopped by an assortment of tablets my Dr gave me to take as soon as I felt the symptoms.
i haven’t had 1 in around 6 months and am currently 11 weeks pregnant and something very scary happened today.
I am a teacher and around 2pm today I was with my class in the computer suite when I started seeing black dots in my eyes, I packed the kids up and we went back to the class to do quiet work as I thought it was the computer screens making my eyes fuzzy.
The fuzziness went away but around 2:50 I started to get a tingly feeling in my right hand and right side of the face. luckily that was the end of the day but when I handed out the notices to the kids at the end of school my speech was coming out really strange, I couldn’t say what I wanted to. The kids are only 6 so thought I was joking and didnt think much of it, but when they put their hands up to talk I forgot their names! I sent DH an email and he immediately rang as the email did not make sense.
I had a meeting after school but had to leave because no one was making any sense! I came straight home went to bed and slept it off for about 4 hours. I woke up feeling heaps better and am pretty sure it was a complex migraine, I have had the black dots and tingly feelings before but I guess at that point I usually take medication so don’t get that weird speech.
I have an appointment with my Dr tomorrow but I am so worried that spacing out would have hurt the baby in some way.
Has anyone else had a complex migrane while pregnant? Are there any other ways people have found that help ease symptoms without medicine?
Post # 3
Yow. I hope the doc has some good answers for you. My migraines don’t involve auras or other symptoms like that, though I do have a post-migraine “hangover” if it goes full-blown.
I’m off my magic triptans since they’re contraindicated during pregnancy, but have had decent luck with ginger. I dissolve a few teaspoons of ginger in a few oz of water at the first sign of a migraine and choke it down. It doesn’t work as well as Imitrex, but it certainly helps.
Post # 4
@Snickers95: I had this experience prior to becoming pregnant … They told me I had bickerstaff syndrome. I couldnt remember peoples names,I got on my Facebook and thought I was accudentally logged into someone else’s because I didn’t know any of the people and had numbness in my hand. It really scared me because I didn’t even know who to call. Once I got home- I went to bed and fell asleep for 20 minutes and woke up totally fine. It was bizarre. I blew it off and went back to work (it was my lunch hour). I told my co workers and they thought I may have had a stroke Bc of the numbness. They drove me to the emergency room (probably unnecessary) and they told me all of the things I said were symptoms of this syndrome. Basically said it was just a side affect of a terrible migraine. Can’t help you with pregnancy though, sorry!
Post # 5
@annifer: Thanks heaps for that, willing to try anything so will definately be picking up some ginger on my way home from work tonight. 🙂
@MrsB1015: Oh my goodness that sounds exactly like what i got yesterday! DH actually thought I had, had a stroke as the e-mail I sent him was so weird. And at the meeting someone said to ask Sandra to print off our parent teacher interviews for us, I thought to myself, who is Sandra – only the lovely office lady I have worked with for 5 years! I can’t believe I forgot names of people I see all day every day! Have you had this happen to you since then or was it a one off?
Post # 6
I had that happen to me only once, in high school (so, no not pregnant!). It was really scary and I’d never had migraines before. I’ve had migraines since, but never anything like that. Hopefully it was just a one off thing for you. i can’t imagine it would hurt the baby, but it’s good you are getting in to the doctor soon to check it out.
I did get one very bad migraine, the day I got my BFP, and I ended up taking one extra strength tylenol– I was surprised by how much it helped, considering I usually take something much stronger.
Post # 7
I’m not pregnant but what you are describing is how my migraines present themselves. I get dots in my vision (sometimes black, sometimes swirly aura) and I have symptoms very similar to a stroke where I have trouble communicating or thinking clearly and have numbness in one arm or the other (and when I look at that arm I do not recognize that arm as my own). If caught quickly (right when I see the dots/aura), the migraine will go away without all of these symptoms. If not, sleep is the only thing that will make it go away. My usual way to deal with it is drinking a coke quickly (caffeine helps me) and taking Excedrine Migraine (which I don’t think is safe for pregnancy). My doctor has suggested some medications that are safe to take while pregnant (as we’re TTCing next year) but I cannot remember them now. I would talk to your DR as soon as possible about it as it is very difficult to function when you have a migraine like that (I can’t drive when I have them). Good luck!
Post # 8
I haven’t had migraines as bad as yours, but have been getting them for 17 yrs. OBGYN told me to take magnesium every day as “preventative”. And take another magnesium pill if the headache comes on. I can also take excederine migraine, extra strength Tylenol and slam a soda or 5 hr energy. Hope your dr can find something that works!
Post # 9
@Snickers95: No I haven’t had one like it since. I have migraines but nothing that bad! My doctor actually prescribed me with vicodin at the time and said to keep it in my purse for emergencies. I had tried a lot of differnet stuff becuase i get migraines often but nothing weaker than vicodin worked. I still have 40 of my 50 pill prescription left from a couple years ago because I was apprehensive to rely on them for headaches. When I asked about what to take now when I get a really bad migraine – he said narcotics like vicodin are actually OK during pregnancy if I take tylenol and it doesn’t work. I have decided to veto it anyway because I think that sounds crazy. Good luck at your appointment!
Post # 10
@Snickers95: That does sound like a type of migraine. I don’t have any advice about how to treat it, but it looks like some of the other posters gave you some advice. My sister gets aura migraines a lot and she had some kind of migraine a while back that she went to the hospital for, she all of a sudden got the spins as if she was completely wasted, but like 3 times worse, and then numbness and confusion. They did all kinds of tests but all that was determined was that it was a migraine episode. I get aura migraines sometimes, but usually without the actual migraine headache afterwards … just a kind of ‘hungover’ feeling for a day or so afterwards. I used to take advil for them and it would halt the whole process, but now that I am pregnant I can’t take advil anymore. So I’ll be paying attention to this thread too! I hate the aura, I get anxiety with it as well and I am afraid to drive until well after it has passed.