Extreme Fatigue 2 Weeks After Complex Migraine? ?

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Asked by Jo

Extreme Fatigue 2 Weeks After Complex Migraine? ?

I suffer from complex migraines which leaves me with a weakness & numbness down one side. Two weeks after the episode for which I was hospitalised I am still feeling exhausted, I have had a constant bad head, my eyes feel strained as if I have read for too long and I feel generally slow. Needless to say I am starting to feel quite low too!

Should I still be feeling like this??

Answer

Jo,

Welcome to MyMigraineConnection!

The first problem I see here is "complex Migraines." 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.

An accurate diagnosis is important for a number of reasons. One reason is that common Migraine medications such as the triptans (Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc.) shouldn't be prescribed for some types of Migraine. You can read more about this in The Type of Migraine Does Matter.

You mentioned "weakness and numbness down one side." The only form of Migraine that causes true weakness is hemiplegic Migraine. You can read more about this form of Migraine in Hemiplegic Migraine - The Basics. With hemiplegic Migraine, you can experience fatigue and some neurological symptoms for some time after the Migraine attack.

All of this said, you need to check with your doctor about this to be sure it's from the Migraine and not something else such as a stroke. If your doctor isn't able to help, 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.

Would you please keep me posted on how you're doing?

Welcome again,