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Friday, August 21, 2009 sooz0507, Community Member, asks

Q: Loss of vision and one side of body is this complex migraine?

My 23 year old daughter suffered loss vision on one side (not complete vision loss).  Followed by numbness on the same side in her arm and leg.  The vision was the first sympton which lasted about 30 minutes before the numbness in arm and leg happen and a headache.  They performed an MRI and said it was complex migraine.  Is this typical?  Should we be worried?

She delivered a baby by c-section 8 months prior

She has frequent headaches

She has frequent bladder/kidney problems

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
8/28/09 9:38pm

Hi sooz0507,


I'm sorry to hear your daughter is suffering. Most doctors follow the "gold standard" of the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II), for diagnosing Migraines and other headache disorders. "Complex Migraine" is not a standard diagnosis per the ICHD-II, and when it is used by doctors, it's used differently by different doctors. That's why it is vital to get an accurate diagnosis.


If your doctor isn't able to help your daughter, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.



If you or your daughter would like to talk with other Migraineurs and get some additional information and support, come join our discussion forum. You'll need to register again once there because it's a separate membership database, but you can use the same member name, email address, and password that you used here. You can find our forum at


Good luck


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By sooz0507, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/19/10, First Published: 08/21/09