Millions of Americans suffer from migraines, a type of headache that can be quite severe and disabling. Different types of migraines exist, and one uncommon type of migraine that can be scary for patients and tough for physicians to diagnose is the complex migraine. Here’s a closer look at complex migraines, what triggers them, and how they affect most individuals.
A complex migraine is a type of migraine that is quite serious, and it comes with symptoms that mimic the symptoms of a stroke. However, these neurological symptoms are reversible in most patients, and it’s extremely rare for patients to actually have a stroke while having this type of a migraine. In some cases, the symptoms may be fairly mild, with just some weakness on one side of the body, but it’s possible for the weakness to be so extreme that it results in temporary paralysis.
The triggers for complex migraines are very similar to those of other types of migraines. Some of the potential triggers may be:
Complex migraines affect very few people since these migraines are extremely rare. However, women usually have a higher risk of experiencing a complex migraine.
Before complex migraine pain actually begins, there are usually signs that a migraine is about to occur. The early symptoms often include short-term problems with sensation and muscle control, such as:
Some patients who experience a complex migraine also experience symptoms that affect their communication and senses, including:
These symptoms may last only a few minutes, or they could last for a couple of hours. Known as auras, these pre-migraine symptoms may be more severe and may last longer than they do with other migraine types.
Since the symptoms of complex migraines mimic those of a stroke, it’s important to see a medical professional if you have these symptoms to rule out a stroke. If you are diagnosed with a complex migraine, treatment options are available to reduce the frequency of your migraines. Schedule a consultation with our physician today to learn more about our migraine treatment options.