What is a complex migraine?
Viral Video Shows Reporter Experiencing Stroke-Like Symptoms
What is a complex migraine? Sometimes mistaken for a stroke, a complex migraine happens when blood vessels contract in the brain, resulting in blood loss which can create stroke-like symptoms including language difficulties, fatigue, and even loss of vision. Dilation of blood vessels and neurological symptoms may only last for a few minutes. The two phases of a complex migraine are the dilation phase and the spasm phase, which are generally accompanied by a headache. The symptoms are temporary, but because of the severity of these symptoms a physician should still be visited to make sure a real stroke is not happening.
The reporter Serene Branson is probably the most notable sufferer of a complex migrane, since she had it live on air and ended up having the segment replayed on YouTube and other internet sources. Since her words made no sense and she had difficulty speaking, many people believed she had an on-air stroke.
Notes and Special Information
Special note: Complex migraine symptoms, like regular migraine headache symptoms, may vary, but complex migraines are associated with heavy limbs, a feeling of congestion, dull aching on one or both sides of the head, loss of sensation, cold hands and feed, weakness, plus difficulty with speech. One extreme symptom of a complex migraine isa temporary loss of vision.
Treatments for complex migraines can include botox, NSAID medications, Isometheptene, and (in very serious cases) an injection of 50U BTXA. Some physicians also recommend changes in diet and activity to avoid migraines, including avoidance of MSG, taking frequent breaks at work, consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, and not skipping meals..