A Migraine By Any Other Name

“You have X, Y and Z condition. The treatment for which is blah and the implications are that you may also experience such and such and also etcetera.”

All too often this is what a technical diagnosis of a condition can sound like. While it would be far simpler to describe the symptoms in the name of the complaint it’s rarely that simple. This is an issue if you are trying to look up research results and study findings on the internet because it’s a good bet that half of it will be in complex medical jargon. The problem is that you want to read up on the latest research but this is yet to be translated into search friendly terms so you’re unlikely to come across the latest breakthrough findings unless you type in the medical terminology. So which migraine should you be typing into Google?

A Migraine By Any Other Name

Migraine without Aura – previous names include Common Migraine and Hemicrania Simplex. Attacks span between 4 and 72 hours and can involve head pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and light or sound sensitivity.

Migraine with Aura – previous names include Classic Migraine, Focal Migraine, Ophthalmic Migraine, Hemiparasthetic Migraine, Aphasic Migraine, Migraine Accompagnee and Complicated Migraine. In addition to the symptoms experienced in a Migraine without Aura, those experiencing Migraine with Aura may also develop visual disturbances such as tunnel vision, tingling or numbness, speech problems, and weakness on one side of the body. This aura phase tends to last for no more than an hour or two.

Retinal Migraine – temporary vision loss possibly also with pain around one eye.

Abdominal Migraine – most common in children, lasts between 1 and 72 hours, and involves repeated abdominal pain, lack of appetite and vomiting.

Menstrual Migraine – attacks of head pain happen within two days of a period’s start or end and at no other time.

Basilar Artery Migraine – results in two or more of these symptoms: dizziness, nausea, vision disturbances, speech problems, hearing problems, tingling sensations.

Ocular Migraine – pain around or over one eye.

Status Migraine – a severe migraine that lasts for more than 3 days, generally several weeks.

Acephalgic Migraine – no head pain but may include visual disruption and digestive pains.

Familiar Hemiplegic Migraine – linked to a genetic defect and involving temporary paralysis on one side of the body, confusion, coma and drowsiness.

Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine – as with familiar hemiplegic migraine but without the genetic link.

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