Complex Migraine: Serene Branson
February 18, 2011 by USA Post
Complex Migraine, CBS 2 TV reporter Serene Branson actually had a “complicated migraine,” said her doctor, according to the Los Angeles Times. Branson said the live Grammys Sunday during her speech became incomprehensible and was disoriented. Video of the event immediately went viral, and doctors across the country soon to speculate the cause of her confusion and distorted speech. Many thought she had suffered a stroke.
But Dr. Neil Martin, MD Branson and Chief of Neurosurgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said it was a symptom of a “complex migraine.” The symptoms of this specific type of migraine are similar to shots of small and often misdiagnosed.
Branson told the “Early Show” in an interview Friday morning that she was terrified, frightened and confused.
“I knew something was not right when I opened my mouth,” Branson told “Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill Friday. “I was not feeling well shortly before the shooting line. I had a headache, my vision was very blurry. I knew something was wrong, but I thought I was tired. So when I opened my mouth, I thought: “It’s more than just fatigue. Something is terribly wrong. “I meant, ‘Lady Antebellum swept the Grammys. And I could think of words, but I could not get them out properly.”
Most migraine sufferers have no warning. But about 20 to 30 percent experience feelings before or during a migraine attack.
“A migraine is not just a headache. This event is complicated brain, “said UCLA neurologist Dr. Andrew Charles, who examined the Branson after the incident, reported The Associated Press.
A complex or complicated migraine may have symptoms that resemble a stroke, such as numbness and tingling, trouble speaking or understanding speech or not being able to move an arm or leg. These symptoms may continue after the headache goes away.
She had a stroke; Branson actually suffered a “complex migraine,” the chief of neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Neil Martin, and the Los Angeles Times.
This headache can resemble severe beatings, with symptoms such as weakness, vision loss and difficulty speaking – but, unlike stroke, the effects of migraine are complex long-term.
Branson started talking gibberish in a few words from television Sunday, which caused the station to cut. The very next day she felt better and told the station, she hopes to be back on air soon.
THE RETURN OF SHEEN: “Two and a Half Men” to resume production on February 28, learned the Hollywood Reporter. Four more episodes will be produced this season, instead of eight as originally planned. The show was put on hold since Charlie Sheen entered rehabilitation on January 28, a day after being admitted to a hospital because of abdominal pain.
Up to 250 million transactions for national syndication – and millions more in advertising revenue – have been in danger because of the closure. Sheen reportedly offered to cover one third of wages of the crew during shutdown if CBS and Warner Bros. TV will pay the rest. Last month, CBS has ordered two additional episodes Monday sitcoms “Mike and Molly” and “Rules of Engagement” to help cope with problems arising from lack of planning Sheen.
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