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What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Extensive: Manifestations include dizziness, vertigo, ataxia, visual disturbances such as double vision or tunnel vision, numbness and/or weakness in face/arms/legs, clumsy speech. This is often familial. A higher stroke risk exists with this type. Blood clotting abnormalities may be present predisposing to strokes.

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Can you die from basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Generally unlikely: Basilar migraine is a rare type of migraine headache that causes symptoms in parts of the brain supplied by the basilar artery. The symptoms can include vertigo, double vision, loss of vision, imbalance, numbness, difficulty speaking, tinnitus (ringing in ears), hearing loss, lack of coordination and loss of consciousness. There are meds both to treat the pain and to try to prevent attacks.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is a basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Brainstem origin: More common in woman, is associated with an aura of < than one hour followed by a headache. The aura produces a field cut (loss of vision) leading to temporary blindness, followed by ataxia, vertigo, tinnitus, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, bilateral paresthesia, or a change in the level of consciousness. It affects all age groups and both sexes. The presentation can be confusing.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What can I eat to avoid basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Prem Gupta
neurology 48 years experience
Nothing: Unless you know of some food that triggers your migraine, which you can avoid, you can not eat any food to avoid migraine.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of a basilar artery migraine.?

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Dr. Brian Flyer
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Basilar migraine: A subset of migraine patients get this syndrome because of spasm to this artery system of the brain. Since the basilar artery provides blood to the back of the brain, those brain structures get temporarily deprived of blood. Symptoms can be dramatic with total blindness, followed by vertigo, slurred speech, and confusion. Full recovery is the rule.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the key symptoms of basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Basilar migraine: The most common symptoms of basilar-type migraine in order of decreasing frequency include vertigo (sensation of environment spinning around you), dysarthria (slurred speech), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), diplopia (double vision), bilateral visual symptoms, bilateral paresthesias (such as numbness or tingling), decreased level of consciousness, and hyperacusis (increased sensitivity to sound).

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