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Migraine Dysphasia

By October 17, 2019Chronic Disease

There are numerous health conditions that may be temporarily disabling, even if they do not cause persistent disability. One such condition is that of migraine dysphasia, often referred to as transient dysphasia. Migraine dysphasia can be frightening, concerning, and frustrating. To learn more about migraine dysphasia, please refer to the information below, and be sure to talk to your doctor if you believe that you have migraine dysphasia or think that someone in your family is suffering from the condition. If you have questions about home healthcare services that are free of charge, please reach out to United Energy Workers Healthcare for the information you need. 

What Is a Migraine?

Before delving into the subject of defining migraine dysphasia, a review of migraines is in order. A migraine is more than just a headache; it is a severe and prominent pain or pulsing sensation, usually that occurs on just one side of the head (Mayo Clinic, 2019). In addition to pain or a pulsing sensation, a migraine is often accompanied by an extreme sensitivity to light and sound, as well as a feeling of nausea, and sometimes vomiting as well. Migraines can be completely disabling, preventing a person from doing anything other than lie in bed feeling miserable. A migraine attack can last for between four and 72 hours. 

The precise causes of migraines aren’t fully understood. Some factors that have been associated with migraines include hormonal changes in women, alcohol and caffeine, stress, sensory stimuli, medications, foods, and even weather changes. Migraines can happen at any age, although usually peak during one’s 30s. Women are three times as likely as men to develop migraines. 

What Is Migraine Dysphasia?

One of the potential side effects of a migraine is migraine dysphasia. While migraine dysphasia will not affect all people will migraines–and not affect a sufferer during every migraine they experience–the phenomenon can be scary and frustrating. 

Migraine dysphasia refers to a symptom of a migraine that affects language. Dysphasia is caused by many other health conditions, too, including stroke, brain tumors, and lesions. When a person experiences migraine dysphasia, they may have symptoms such as:

  • Feeling like a word is “on the tip of their tongue,” yet unable to recall it;
  • Trouble understanding or making sense of what other people are saying;
  • Speaking incoherently; and 
  • Difficulty communicating verbally. 

What Can I Do If I Have Migraine Dysphasia?

There are a few different treatment options for migraines, including knowing what your migraine triggers are and avoiding these (for example, for some people, certain foods can trigger migraines). Another option is to use prescription medications to treat migraines. For some people, making lifestyle changes can also help in treating migraines.

That being said, your treatment options may not be perfect or effective, and migraines and migraine dysphasia may affect you. If it does, having a plan in place for how you will manage your condition and an episode of dysphasia can provide peace of mind. A few things that you can do include:

  • Carry cards around that explain your condition and what’s happening that you can hand out to people in the event that you are experiencing an episode of dysphasia and are therefore unable to communicate. 
  • Carry a pad and pencil with you – if you are not able to verbally communicate, you may be able to write or draw out your thoughts to help.
  • Have a safe space ready that you can get access to – have an emergency contact on speed dial on your phone who you can quickly access for help if need be. 
  • Educate yourself and loved ones – one of the biggest comforts when dealing with a complicated condition or side effect like dysphasia is learning as much about the disorder as possible. Making sure that your loved ones know what to expect and what to do should you experience an episode of dysphasia is really important, too. 

Learn More About Your Condition and Free Home Healthcare Services

If you think that you have migraine dysphasia, it is important that you talk to your doctor about your condition as soon as possible – this way you can explore treatment and coping options together. As you consider the array of resources that may be available to you, do not overlook the possibility of free home healthcare services.

At United Energy Workers Healthcare, we provide free, high-quality home healthcare services to those who qualify for EEOICPA/RECA benefits. If you want to learn more about EEOICPA, RECA, and free home healthcare, please contact our team directly. 



Mayo Clinic. (2019, May 31). Migraine. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201