Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Complicated Migraine Types

Types of migraine headache include:

  • Classic migraine
  • Common migraine
  • Complicated migraine

Classic Migraine
A classic migraine typically begins with a warning period known as an "aura." The aura may take the form of flashing lights, seeing wavy lines, blurred vision, or a funny sensation in the face. The aura may also be a change in mood, lightheadedness, dizziness, extreme fatigue, or an increased sensitivity to light and sound. The aura is usually followed by a severe one-sided headache within an hour. Less often, the headache may be on both sides of the head.

Common Migraine
In the common migraine there is no aura, but the headache is usually just as severe as in the case of the classical migraine. The pain is usually on one side of the head but may be on both sides. The distinguishing characteristic of common migraine is that the headache begins first followed by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light.

Complicated Migraine
Any migraine headache that occurs with a seizure, paralysis, difficulty speaking, or another temporary focal neurological disturbance is a complicated migraine. Examples of complicated migraines include: basilar migraines and ocular migraines.

Continue to Complicated Migraine Anatomy

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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