A diagnosis not to be taken lightly
If you have any of the symptoms described above ( #1 What is hemiplegic migraine? ), seek medical help immediately. Don't assume you have a hemiplegic migraine. Your diagnosis must be made by a doctor and a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) must be ruled out. A CT scan or MRI of the head can reveal signs of a stroke, as well as cardiological (heart & blood vessel) exams to rule out any symptoms caused by blood clots. If a member of your family has similar symptoms, talk to your doctor. He may offer you a genetic test . Familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM) means that it runs in your family and you can pass it on to your children . People who do not have problems with the four genes, previously described , suffer from so-called sporadic hemiplegic migraine (SHD).