What is a complex migraine?
A complex migraine (also known as a complicated migraine), is a type of migraine that involves neurological symptoms, in addition to the typical migraine symptoms like a throbbing head pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
The neurological symptoms associated with a complex migraine can include visual disturbances, such as:
- Flashing lights
- Zig zag lines
- Blind spots
- Difficulty speaking or understanding (also known as aphasia)
- Ringing in the ears
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Dizziness / vertigo
Complex migraines are considered a subtype of migraine with aura, which means they are preceded by a warning sign or aura, typically visual.
However, unlike typical migraine with aura, complex migraines may involve more severe and prolonged symptoms that can last for many hours or even days.