Complex Migraine Has Stroke-Like Symptoms

By: Michael Stevens - Staff Writer
Published: Feb 18, 2021

Complex Migraine Has Stroke-Like Symptoms. Complex, or sometimes severe, the migraine happens when blood vessels contract in the brain. This results in blood loss which can create stroke-like symptoms including language difficulties, fatigue, and even loss of vision.

Dilation of blood vessels and neurological symptoms may only last for a few minutes. The two complex phases of a migraine are the dilation phase and the spasm phase, which are generally accompanied by a headache. The symptoms are temporary. However, due to the severity of these symptoms a physician should still be visited to make sure a real stroke is not happening.

News reporter Serene Branson recently had an episode from this type of migraine while she was recapping the 53rd Grammy Awards. It is probably the most notable sufferer of the condition, since she had it live on air. Her segment was played on YouTube and other Internet sources.

Branson’s words made no sense and she had difficulty speaking. Many people believed she had an on-air stroke. Dr. Andrew Charles, director of UCLA’s Headache Research and Treatment Program the institution that treated her said that Branson suffered a “migraine aura” that caused her to have blurred and distorted vision.


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