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Types of Migraines - Complicated, Abdominal, Hemiplegic and More

Most people have heard of migraine headaches, but most of them don't realize that there are many different types of migraines, each with its own unique symptoms.We'll examine these here.

An abdominal migraine is also called periodic syndrome. It occurs usually in children, and usually ones with a prior family history of migraine attacks.Abdominal migraines are characterized by bouts of pain in the abdomen lasting for around two hours. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, flushing and pallor. Standard migraine medications usually work for abdominal migraines.

A basilar migraine is one affecting the circulation in the back of the neck or brain. This usually occurs in young women and can cause dizziness, loss of balance, double vision, confusion, fainting, slurred speech and disorientation. Some people will even lose consciousness during an acute headache.Often people are mistakenly believed to be suffering from some other condition.

A complicated migraine is a type which is accompanied by one or more neurologic deficits, for instance, paralysis. It sometimes features an aura that lasts for hours or days, as opposed to the half hour or hour which is the usual. There are a few different forms of complicated migraine headaches.One is the ophthalmoplegic migraine, in which the patient develops some paralysis of the nerves required for eye movement. In a retinal migraine, the visual symptoms occur from the person's retina rather than from the part of the brain used for vision. Another form of complicated migraine is the hemiplegic migraine, which is often inherited and is linked to one of a few different chromosomes. 

Cyclic Migraine Syndrome refers to patience who experience more than 10 migraine attacks a month.These are typically long-lasting and not associated with typical cluster headache symptoms. Studies have shown that cyclic migraine syndrome can be helped by lithium carbonate, as long as the patient's medication level and thyroid functioning are both monitored.

A hemiplegic migraine is a rare type considered to be a severe variety. During an attack, the sufferer might experience temporary motor paralysis and some sensory disturbances on a single side of his or her body.These symptoms precede the headache itself. The symptoms will fade as the headache appears.

Nocturnal headaches refer to attacks experienced in the early hours of the morning, usually around 4:00 a.m. The person is often awakened by the pain. According to recent studies, these attacks are linked with changes in the person's adrenaline and similar substances. As the levels reach their peak, the headache is experienced.

An occular migraine refers to a migraine in which the person experiences visual hints of an oncoming attack, usually the "aura" which produces flashing lights or spots or something related. 

Ophthalmoplegic migraines are considered rare forms of migraine. In this variety, the pain surrounds the person's eyeball and can last as long s several months. It's caused by a weakness of muscles which surround the eye. A person should get a doctor to confirm the diagnosis, as similar symptoms might also be produced by a pressure on the nerves directly behind the eye.

Stratus migraines are attacks that persist for over 72 hours. One of the factors that might prolong a migraine attack is a sterile an inflammatory response to the migraine, which sometimes develops around the walls surrounding the affected blood vessels.

Only a doctor is competent to determine which form of migraine--if any--you have, so if you suspect you suffer from one of these, make an appointment to see him.

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