Complex migraine

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What is complex migraine?

A complex migraine is a type of severe headache that may be accompanied by symptoms such as loss of vision, difficulty speaking, photophobia, or other sensory disturbances (aura). Many of the symptoms may often mimic a stroke.

Common symptoms reported by people with complex migraine

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with complex migraine

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (6) complex migraine (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lodine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)

Data from patients with complex migraine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with complex migraine

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (6) complex migraine (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constant tiredness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lodine)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
stomach pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with complex migraine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has complex migraine on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 11
30s 44
40s 101
50s 95
60s 46
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 65
20-29 years 37
30-39 years 30
40-49 years 16
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 27
Female 278

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 203
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from complex migraine patients who have completed their condition history
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