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Complex migraine or complicated migraine attack     

Complex migraine or complicated migraine attack

Migraine is a neurological disorder that is accompanied by headache of moderate to severe intensity and various other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light, sound and smell. A complex migraine is also known as complicated migraine and is characterized by fatigue, temporary loss of vision, slurred speech and severe headache. It shares close similarity and is often mistaken for a stroke. This type of migraine is quite common and is known to affect over 23 million people in the Unites States.

In a complex migraine the headache is caused due to dilation of the blood vessels leading to a reduction in blood flow to the brain and irregular activity of trigeminal nerve.

Causes of complex migraine:

This type of migraine can be cause by physical, psychological and emotional stress or tension and depression.

Hormonal disorders can also contribute to its development.

Overuse of medications is another contributing factor.

Intake of certain foods such as tyramine products, sharp cheeses, processed meat, nuts, chocolates etc. can cause complicated migraine.

Alterations in the pattern of blood flow to the brain.

Symptoms of Complex Migraine:

Some of the most common symptoms of this type of migraine include fatigue, loss of sensation, heaviness of the limbs, cold hands and feet, nasal congestion and increased sensitivity to light, sound and smell.Complex migraine headache can be unilateral or bilateral in nature. The symptoms vary from individual to individual.

Treatment of complex migraine:

Medications: In case of this type of migraine, abortive drugs such as NSAIDs and Isometheptene are administered. Botox has also been used to treat the pain in a number of cases.In order to treat severe pain associated with headache medicines such as dichloraphenazone and butalbital are given to the patient. General analgesics such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen and naproxen sodium are also administered to patents.

Diet: It is essential for patients suffering from complex migraine to avoid staying hungry and must take their meals on regular timings. Certain precipitating foods and substances such as chocolates, red wine, processed meat and nicotine should be avoided.

Alternative therapies: These include shiatsu, spa therapy, acupuncture, massage etc. and have been found helpful in combating migraines.

Aromatherapy: essential oils of lavender, sandalwood and eucalyptus help relieve headache pain.

Exercise and relaxation: Regular exercise is a great stress buster and helps prevent the occurrence of migraine. Meditation and yoga also help provide relief to patients.

Herbs: Various herbs such as gingko biloba, St. John’s wart, fever few and white willows are recommended for treating migraines.


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