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What are migraine equivalents?

These are episodic symptoms such as vertigo, tingling, weakness, visual changes or aura, slurred speech or even confusion that are often not accompanied by headache but are nonetheless due to the physiologic changes that are occurring in migraine, typically the phase called spreading electrical depression. These can be quite disturbing to the patient and often respond to the same medication one uses to abort their typical migraine.

A hemiplegic migraine is a migraine that can cause temporary motor paralysis and sensory deficits on one side of the body. It is followed by a very severe headache. It is a very rare type of migraine.

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