Complicated Migraines, sensation that brain is spastic?

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Full Question:

I've been diagnosed with complicated migraines. I currently take depakote for my symptoms, which are very similar to a TIA. I don't experience much pain, however I have a sensation that my brain is spastic at times. Is this a common effect of complicated migraines? Heather.

Full Answer:

Dear Heather;

First, it would be helpful to you to get a diagnosis that falls within the standardized and recognized diagnoses of the field. 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). Although people often ask what "complex" or "complicated" Migraines are, there's no such diagnoses under ICHD-II. We do see it used, but doctors use it differently, so it really doesn't tell anyone what type of Migraine you actually have. You can read more about this in  _What Is a Complex or Complicated Migraine? _ and  The Type of Migraine Does Matter.

As for the "sensation that your brain is spastic," that's difficult to respond to since you give no details. Without knowing what you mean, we really can't address it.

We're sorry not to be able to do more to answer your question. It sounds like a visit with a doctor who can give you a more accurate diagnosis and answer your questions is in order.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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