Migraine or Stroke??? Symptoms May Be Similar

February 18th, 2011

By now, many of you have probably heard about or saw T.V. reporter Serene Branson experiencing an unsettling on-air inability to speak while covering the Grammys last night.  She lost the ability to form words, and spoke gibberish for 10-20 seconds.

Branson’s physician has stated that she experienced a “complex migraine” and not a stroke.  It was also reported by the Associated Press that Branson has been a migraine sufferer since childhood.

The symptoms of a complex migraine, can in fact, mimic a stroke.

  • Weakness on one side of the body or face
  • Slurred speech
  • Mental confusion
  • Blindness in one eye
  • See only parts of objects
  • Numbness and tingling in the fingers, toes, face, or limbs

Since several of the symptoms could be quite dangerous when outside, or driving a car, medications that can prevent these types of migraines are important to use.  One would not want to be taking a medication after these symptoms had already occurred.

About 20 to 30 percent of people who experience complex migraines have symptoms or feel sensations befoer an attack but most people have no warning at all.

Many complex migraine sufferers have found that natural migraine prevention medicine, MigreLief, has helped to keep their complex migraines under control.

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.