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Complex migraines or auras?

Posted Feb 25 2011 12:00am
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20033424-10391704.html

Most people have seen by now the video of Serene Branson talking gibberish due to a migraine. Strangely, the first time I saw it I KNEW it had to be a migraine! When I have them, I get the same sort of feeling. I feel like my mouth is numb and my tongue doesn't work right. I can still talk but the words don't get prounounced quite right. Also I get really clumsy and bump into things, drop things, etc. I looked it up and the one term for this is "complex migraine." Other sources I read stated that these symptoms are merely different kinds of "migraine auras."

I have had some visual auras before but not regularly. The few times I experienced them, I saw flashing lights in all the windows (I thought there was a lightning storm)! Then, I saw diagonal lines in my peripheral vision. But, the speech and the lack of coordination happen almost everytime.

Migraine with aura is characterized by a neurological phenomenon (aura) that is experienced 10 to 30 minutes before the headache. Most auras are visual and are described as bright shimmering lights around objects or at the edges of the field of vision (called scintillating scotomas) or zigzag lines, castles (teichopsia), wavy images, or hallucinations. Others experience temporary vision loss. Nonvisual auras include motor weakness, speech or language abnormalities, dizziness, vertigo, and tingling or numbness (parasthesia) of the face, tongue, or extremities.


- From http://www.neurologychannel.com/migraine/index.shtml

Now that I know this I will definitely watch out for more aura symptoms. Due to the NSAID issue, I've been taking Excedrin without the aspirin (Tylenol and caffeine only). The caffeine really helps with my migraine symptoms! A lot! My stomach is still a bit touchy but it's getting better :-)
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