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 (5) complex migraine (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
complex migraine (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lodine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (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 complex migraine (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (5) complex migraine (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in a.m. high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (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)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for complex migraine (2 evaluations)
Side effects
complex migraine migraine headaches
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
complex migraine (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)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lodine)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
stomach pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (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 1
20s 13
30s 40
40s 95
50s 73
60s 34
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 58
20-29 years 33
30-39 years 27
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 7
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 158
Not Diagnosed 2

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