Complex Migraine 101: A Quick Guide

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Some patients who seek migraine relief in Redwood City are unaware of different types of migraines. In this article, we will focus on complex migraine. This type usually brings uncommon symptoms such as aura or visual disturbances, including accompanying symptoms similar to a stroke. Complex migraine can also describe other migraine variations, including hemiplegic migraine, atypical migraine, or migraine with aura.

These migraine episodes tend to be more severe and can last longer than regular ones. That may feel a little bit bothersome if you're not too familiar with it, but keep in mind that, albeit severe, migraines are rarely life-threatening, and they do not bring long-term brain damage. But, it still pays to know a thing or two so you can better manage your episodes and plan your way around common migraine triggers.


What are the signs of complex migraine?

Those pursuing complex migraine relief in Redwood City will tell you that it brings the worst symptoms. Apart from the intense throbbing in the head, it brings stroke-like symptoms such as: 

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty keeping balance
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle numbness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Paresthesia
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble remembering words
  • Vertigo
  • Visual disturbances
  • Vomiting and nausea

However, unlike stroke symptoms, these signs of complex migraine slowly build up and gradually end on the same day, but it can happen again within the same month and get worse if there is a glitch in your nervous system.


What causes complex migraines?

To date, the exact cause of migraine remains unknown. Other patients searching for migraine relief in Redwood City still cannot pinpoint the primary reason behind their painful episodes. This can make it challenging to find proper care. Experts believe an abnormal brain activity affects the brain's nerve signals, blood vessels, and chemicals. 

While some link their complex migraine episodes to possible triggers that they deduce from observing their symptoms. Some known triggers may include:

  • Certain foods
  • Physical stress or exercise
  • Excessive sleep
  • Bright lights
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Strong odor
  • Stress
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How can you find complex migraine relief in Redwood City?  

Upper cervical spinal misalignments can cause worse migraine attacks, and the best way to deal with this is by correcting the misalignments through gentle chiropractic adjustments. 

Unfortunately, these misalignments can also interfere with the optimum function of the nervous system because it affects the brainstem, which helps in processing the messages from the body to the brain. If the brainstem is not functioning correctly, your brain receives mismatched signals and can trigger symptoms similar to complex migraine.

If you have been experiencing atypical migraine symptoms and have ruled out stroke, your next best bet is to have your upper cervical alignment checked. Dr. Pete Tsiglieris has cared for migraine patients for over 25 years, so you can trust him to help you sort out your posture problems with accuracy, precision, and heartfelt commitment. You can schedule a consultation with him by calling his office directly at (650) 595-0500 or booking online.

You may be surprised how gentle and brief chiropractic adjustments can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of your migraine episodes. Find out for yourself!


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