Treating Migraine with Hand Weakness: Patient Experiences

Treating Migraine with Hand Weakness: Patient Experiences


As someone who has personally struggled with migraine attacks and hand weakness, I understand the importance of finding effective treatment options. Migraine attacks can be debilitating, and the added challenge of hand weakness can further impact daily activities. In this article, we will explore how patients experiencing hand weakness in migraine attacks can effectively treat their symptoms.

Recording Symptoms during an Attack

During a migraine attack, it is natural to desire to forget and reduce stress. However, recording symptom changes can offer several benefits. Firstly, it allows you to “dump” your thoughts and experiences, providing a release for the stress and anxiety that may accompany migraine attacks. This can be done by writing down your thoughts and feelings during an attack, either on paper or using a digital note-taking app on your phone. Additionally, taking quick notes during an attack can help you document the effectiveness of medication. Note the time it takes for medication to work, whether it is within 30 minutes or 2 hours. Also, record any side effects experienced. These details will be valuable when discussing your treatment plan with your doctor during the next visit.

Reporting Details to the Doctor

While sharing all symptom details may seem beneficial, there are potential drawbacks to consider. Doctors often have limited time for reading extensive reports, and it can become their responsibility to analyze and interpret the information. Therefore, it is important to focus on key details that can aid in assessing your treatment.

One way to report symptom details to your doctor is by summarizing the most significant changes you experience during a migraine attack. For example, you can mention the severity of your headache, the duration of the attack, and the level of hand weakness you experienced. By highlighting these key symptoms, you provide your doctor with a clear understanding of your condition without overwhelming them with excessive details.

Tracking Symptoms with Specific Objectives

When recording symptoms, it is important to have specific objectives in mind. One objective is to determine which medication works best for you. Through tracking symptoms, you can explore the effectiveness of different treatments and identify the most suitable option.

For example, if you have been prescribed multiple medications, you can record the outcome of each treatment. Take note of how each medication affects your hand weakness and whether it provides sufficient relief from your migraine attacks. This information will help you and your doctor assess the effectiveness of each medication and make informed decisions about your treatment plan.

Another objective is to assess the speed of drug action. Understanding how quickly a medication acts in alleviating symptoms can help you manage your migraine attacks more effectively. For instance, you can track the time it takes for a specific medication to provide relief from hand weakness during a migraine attack. This will give you insights into how long it typically takes for the medication to take effect, allowing you to plan your treatment accordingly.


Recording symptom changes during a migraine attack can provide several benefits. It helps reduce stress and anxiety by allowing you to “dump” your thoughts and experiences. It also provides important information for future doctor visits, aiding in the assessment of medication effectiveness and the speed of relief. By summarizing key symptoms and tracking the effectiveness of different treatments, you can work together with your healthcare provider to find the most effective treatment plan for managing your migraine attacks and hand weakness. As someone who is committed to tracking symptoms and hand weakness during migraine attacks, I encourage others to consider the benefits of recording symptoms for their own treatment journey.

Jenny from Migraine Buddy

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