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Complex Migraines

  I have suffered from classic menstrual migraines for many years. Now that I'm in my 40s, approximately 18 months ago, I started with symptoms of numbness on the right side of my face and body. More symptoms developed that became increasingly disturbing. Such as:
  Extreme weakness and exhaustion, feeling of heaviness in the body, tremors, speedy feelings, weakness and ice-cold limbs, flu-like symptoms, pressure in the eyes, increased and length of migraine symptoms.
  I was checked for lupus and MS, both of which were inconclusive.
  A neurologist diagnosed me with complex migraine.
  What is Complex migraine?
  Where can I get help and more information about it?
  Chiropractic care seemed to help reduce the frequency and duration of these symptoms dramatically and the symptoms became worse after having to stop the treatments due to shortage of funds. The Symptoms are now every day. Speediness and severe numbness are typical before the onset of head pain.
  Can you tell me the connection between Chiropractic treatments and "complex migraine"?
  Are my symptoms consistent - in your opinion - of complex migraine?
  I appreciate the chance to share on this forum and the oportunity for your response.
  Thank you,
Thanks for your questions.  The term "complex migraines" is used when patients'
symptoms include focal neurological features such as those described in
your message (focal weakness, focal alterations in sensation, etc.).
Due to the vascular involvement in the pathology/genesis of migraines,
it is thought that complex/complicated migraines results from focal brain
ischemias due to temporary interruption of appropriate blood supply.  As
you were probably told by your physicians, fluctuations inestrogen levels
appears to be one of the factors that trigger/worsen migraine attacks.
Because of your age, is it possible that you are currently undergoing
menopausal transition?  It is somewhat worrisome the daily occurrence of
your symptoms.  Although you did not mention your current therapeutic
regimen for the migraine attacks, one should consider the introduction of
prophylactic medications such as calcium-channel blockers, or beta-blockers
to decrease the frequency of your symptoms.  It is unlikely that chiropractic
manipulations improves/worsens symptoms associated with migraines.  It is,
however, possible that your current symptoms are caused by some other
pathological process, such as peripheral nerve damage, spinal cord injury,
etc.  Please discuss the above mentioned therapeutic options with your
I hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck.
This information is provided for general medical education purposes only.
Please consult your doctor regarding diagnostic and treatment options.

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