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Q: my daughter has been told that she has complex migraines minus the headache

and when she gets them she is out of sort for a few days if not longer


My daughter is 26 years old and about 2 years ago this illness hit her and we thought it was a stroke. We have since been told that it is a form of a migraine disorder even though she does not get the headache. I dont know what to do for her, when she has a episode she is not able to function. Please help

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
4/26/11 2:58pm



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One thing you can do is encourage your doctor to see a doctor who will give her a complete diagnosis of what form of Migraine she has because this can make a difference in what treatment is appropriate for her. To simplify matters and make it easier for people to get information and treatment, doctors usually go by the gold standard for diagnosis, the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). Under ICHD-II, there is no diagnosis of "comples Migraine." You can read more about the importance of a correct diagnosis in The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


It may not seem like it to you, but your being there for her when she has an episode is very helpful. Migraines, especially if the symptoms mimic stroke, are very frightening. So, be there for her. Here are some other suggestions for you:


- Help her plan ahead for episodes -- being sure that she has her medications on hand, has groceries in the house, and so on.


- Getting her cold packs, something to drink, whatever else she needs so she doesn't have to get up, is a huge help.


- Make her room dark and qiet.


Sit down with her when she's feeling well and ask her what you can do for her during a Mgraine. Planning ahead if priceless. If she's anything like me, she may want to essentially be left alone but have someone close in case she needs anthing and for the comfort of knowing you're there.


Please keep me posted, and let me know if we can help with information or other support?


Welcome again,


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By mom, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/26/11, First Published: 04/20/11