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Migraine and TIA

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Jeannette,

    Complex Migraine and silent migraine are actually two different things. Complex migraine is used more often as a descriptive term, not a diagnostic one. Teri has done a great job of explaining things in this article; https://migraine.com/blog/complex-complicated-migraine/.

    Silent or acephalgic migraine is a migraine attack without the headache phase. We have information on this here; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/acephalic-complicated-migraine/

    The information you cited is pretty dated. The results from a migraine and TIA may be different too. After a migraine attack, most symptoms resolve and there is no blood clot blockage in a migraine attack. Typically only a doctor can tell the difference between a migraine and TIA. There was a point where migraine was thought to be vascular in nature, but we now know a migraine attack can happen without any any vasodilation. A TIA happens with a blood clot temporarily clogs an artery preventing blood flowing to the brain. For more information on migraine and TIA take a look at this link https://migraine.com/living-with-migraine/migraine-and-transient-ischemic-attack/

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