About Migraines with Aura

By: From SwedishAmerican Hospital
By: From SwedishAmerican Hospital

ROCKFORD (SAH) -- While covering the recent Grammy Awards, CBS reporter Serene Branson displayed symptoms that appeared to be a stroke, but in actuality were a neurological event called migraine with aura.

“Thirty-six million Americans have migraine," says SwedishAmerican headache specialist Dr. Jeffrey Royce. "Auras are confused with stroke by patients and physicians alike. Migraine with aura doubles the stroke and heart attack risk for females.”

As Rockford's only board-certified headache specialist, and one of only 10 in Illinois, Dr. Royce provides expertise that is unique in the Rockford area. He provides treatment for patients suffering from migraine with aura through the SwedishAmerican Neuro & Headache Center.

Migraine with aura symptoms can include weakness, numbness and tingling, and loss of motor function. Evidence indicates the existence of a genetic link, meaning that this condition can run in families.


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  • by 30YearsofMigraines Location: West Virginia on Apr 25, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    I have noticed after having problems with the migraines with aura (off and on for about the past thirty years) that there are certain things that trigger them for me that no one else is mentioning. I am affected by anything that has fumes such as Markers, paint, exhaust (especially diesel) etc. The effects are not immediate and can occur that day or even the next day. I'm sure that this is probably happening to others that suffer with the migraine with aura but they don't realize it because sometimes it takes hours to cause problems. I think that someone should do a study about this because I think that it is probably a factor that many people haven't come to realize. I hope that this helps somebody that has been having this problem and doesn't know why.
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