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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Complex Migraine (Overview)

We generally think of migraines as headaches. Headache is just the most common feature in most people. Migraines are a complex neurologic dysfunction. They are most similar to seizures. If you ignore the headache part of it: people have multiple symptoms including nausea, difficulties with speech, ambulation, dealing with bright lights or loud sounds, etc. Other symptoms or individual.


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Does it take a couple of days to really get over the symptoms of a complex migraines? Like dizziness, off balanced, and confusion lingers for awhile?

Does it take a couple of days to really get over the symptoms of a complex migraines? Like dizziness, off balanced, and confusion lingers for awhile?

Three stages: Migraine may present with a vague prodrome about 24 hrs prior to the headache and afterwards, there is a postdrome period, usually for 24-48 hrs. So your symptoms sound typical. Since the process totals 3-4 days per episode, may make some sense to use a preventative med or otc prep to keep this from occurring. ...Read more

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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
37 doctors shared insights

Complex Migraine (Overview)

We generally think of migraines as headaches. Headache is just the most common feature in most people. Migraines are a complex neurologic dysfunction. They are most similar to seizures. If you ignore the headache part of it: people have multiple symptoms including nausea, difficulties with speech, ambulation, dealing with bright lights or loud sounds, etc. Other symptoms or individual.


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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

Keep diary of when you get the migraine
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Keep track of migraines' duration and severity, plus other symptoms
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Consider that a TMJ/TMD issue may be causing migraines
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Watch for grinding of the teeth (bruxism) and clenching during day
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Have you ever treated complex migraine syndrome?

Have you ever treated complex migraine syndrome?

See neurologist: You need to see a neurologist. There are several types of migraine headaches. A "complex migraine" is one in which there are neurological symptoms such as weakness, loss of vision, or difficulty speaking in addition to the headache. In fact, a complex migraine may be mistaken for a stroke. ...Read more

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How to deal with speech and confusion when a complex migraine begins?

How to deal with speech and confusion when a complex migraine begins?

Sleep: The most effective treatment for these symptoms is sleep. High dose Aspirin seems very effective, and a sedative such as vistaril often helps as dose the nausea medication reglan (metoclopramide). Migraine is the protective condition when the brain tells you to shut down or suffer. ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Identify events that trigger headaches
Hourly
See your doctor and bring a diary of when headaches occurred
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Watch for food reactions
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See a dentist about your headaches
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I am always on the go. I have had a bad migraine for 5 days. Do you of any ways to get rid of it? I have tried laying in a dark room. No help.

I am  always on the go.  I have had a bad migraine for 5 days.  Do you of any ways to get rid of it?  I have tried laying in a dark room. No help.

See doc.: A true migraine that lasts for more than 72 hours warrants a visit with your doctor. At this stage in the migraine, it's unlikely that over the counter meds will do much good (but they do work well for early headaches). You might need to be on a course of steroids to really break the migraine. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does anyone have any experience using meditation for preventing complex migraines?

Does anyone have any experience using meditation for preventing complex migraines?

Usually very helpful: Research shows that meditation can prevent migraines & reduce severity (though I do not believe complex migraines have been studied specifically). One study showed a 70% reduction in frequency by doing 1 hour of meditation & relaxation breathing 5 days a week. Lesser amounts are likely to benefit as well. See http://somebodyhealme.Dianalee.Net/2008/06/meditation-yoga-can-reduce-migraines-up.Html. ...Read more

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Have you ever treated complex migraine syndrome?

See neurologist: You need to see a neurologist. There are several types of migraine headaches. A "complex migraine" is one in which there are neurological symptoms such as weakness, loss of vision, or difficulty speaking in addition to the headache. In fact, a complex migraine may be mistaken for a stroke. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: complex migraine?

What is the definition or description of: complex migraine?

Complex symptoms: We generally think of migraines as headaches. Headache is just the most common feature in most people. Migraines are a complex neurologic dysfunction. They are most similar to seizures. If you ignore the headache part of it: people have multiple symptoms including nausea, difficulties with speech, ambulation, dealing with bright lights or loud sounds, etc. Other symptoms or individual. ...Read more

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How to deal with speech and confusion when a complex migraine begins?

Sleep: The most effective treatment for these symptoms is sleep. High dose Aspirin seems very effective, and a sedative such as vistaril often helps as dose the nausea medication reglan (metoclopramide). Migraine is the protective condition when the brain tells you to shut down or suffer. ...Read more

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I got a complex migraine several years ago and ended up in er. Now they've come back albeit milder. Are they dangerous or just irritating?

I got a complex migraine several years ago and ended up in er. Now they've come back albeit milder. Are they dangerous or just irritating?

Nothing dangerous: Migraine tends to get better as you get into older years. But be prepared to treat it as and when it happens. Your prior doctor should be involved in guiding your treatment in the future. ...Read more

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Will a hospital admit me if I have a complex migraine that could be a stroke?

Will a hospital admit me if I have a complex migraine that could be a stroke?

Possibly: What will likely happen is that you will be seen in the emergency department and get some testing to determine if it is a stroke. If there is any chance of stroke you need to go to emergency now by ambulance. Do not delay.If it is a stoke you will be admitted. ...Read more

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Does the generic form of Imitrex ( called sumatriptan ) lower complex migraine onset?

Does the generic form of Imitrex ( called sumatriptan ) lower complex migraine onset?

Not Preventive: Imitrex (sumatriptan) in any form should be used as little as possible. There are appropriate preventive meds that are cheaper, safer and effective. ...Read more

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Is intense pain from a complex migraine or brain problems?

Is intense pain from a complex migraine or brain problems?

See neurologist: There are several types of migraine headaches. A "complex migraine" is one in which there are neurological symptoms such as weakness, loss of vision, or difficulty speaking in addition to the headache. In fact, a complex migraine may be mistaken for a stroke. ...Read more

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Hello, I am 26 years old and have been having some strange symptoms. About a month ago I rush to the ER because I got numbness in my fingers, then my face and upper lip area. It went away after a few minutes and doctor thought it may be a complex migraine

Hello, I am 26 years old and have been having some strange symptoms. About a month ago I rush to the ER because I got numbness in my fingers, then my face and upper lip area. It went away after a few minutes and doctor thought it may be a complex migraine

And the question is?: I feel for you . you are very anxious person, concentrate on treating your anxiety, when you start admitting this fact you can go some where.otherwise you will be walking in circle without a direction or a goal. hyperventilation during panic attack, and anxiety attack will cause numbness in different part of your body. that is a fact. find a doctor that will listen to you and try to find the roots ...Read more

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How do I avoid a migraine?

How do I avoid a migraine?

Migrain avoidance: Migrain headache avoidance has some thing to do with avoiding triggers.... You should have done a diary for your headache what exactly bring your headache is it stress...Is it food and what type of food is it noise light , what ever it is you have to avoid it and in case of light u need to say in dark quiet room ...And also some medications can be given to avoid headache consider as prophylactic. ...Read more

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How do I treat a migraine?

How do I treat a migraine?

Many ways: There are many therapies to migraines. If acute otc meds like excedrin helps. Prescriptions such as triptans have been used to abate the migraine if severe enough. If this a chronic condition, reduce stressors, exercise, meditation, food triggers, acupuncture/yoga can all help. There is of course medications for chronic migraine as well. Keeping a log of your migraines may be helpful. ...Read more

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How do I treat a migraine?

How do I treat a migraine?

Migraine Tx: You may want to consider having your doctor/headache specialist see if Botox can be approved for your migraine headaches. If it works you could have significantly less migraines for at least 3-4 months at a time. Many times people's migraines are cut in half if not more. The use of your oral migraine prevention medications and abortives are much more helpful and reduce occurrences even better. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more