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Migraine Types

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What are variant migraines?

Expert:   Lawrence C. Newman, MD, Director, The Headache Institute, Roosevelt Hospital Center »

Variant migraines is a general term for headaches that also cause symptoms in other parts of the body. Learn about the different types that fall into this category.

Transcript: There are several types of migraine that, in addition to head pain, cause symptoms in other parts of the body. Hemiplegic migraines are a rare form that causes transient weakness in one half of the body during the course of the headache. They sometimes run in families. Basilar-type migraines can cause a headache and an unusual constellation of symptoms that include dizziness, visual distortions, alternations in hearing, numbness on both sides of the body at once, and drowsiness or confusion. Childhood periodic syndromes can trigger an abdominal migraine without a headache AND cyclic vomiting. Children who have these forms often go on to develop migraines as adults. Retinal migraine are a rare form that, in addition to the headache, cause visual disturbances and even temporary blindness in one eye. All of the disorders mentioned are extremely rare and before they can be diagnosed your doctor must rule out the possibility that these symptoms aren’t part of something more sinister. So work with your doctor to determine the best way to prevent and treat the symptoms. More »

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