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Basilar Artery Migraine Drugs
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
Varied: In about 25% of patients, vertigo, slurred speech, and diplopia imply altered brainstem function. Commonly in adolescent women but also in others, total blindness and sensorial clouding accompanied by vertigo, slurred speech, tinnitus and distal/perioral paresthesias followed by a confusional state. The symptoms usually persist for 30 m followed by a throbbing occipital headache. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Sleep, diet: If you suffer with basilar artery migraines, keep a journal of your attacks. The journal will help identify any triggers to your migraines. Avoiding these triggers can be helpful in reducing the frequency of the migraines. In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help. That means you need to: get adequate sleep limit your stress exercise daily diet can also affect migraines. Doing the foll. ...Read more
My sister says she has basilar artery migraine. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Could be.: This type of migraine falls under the list of 'migraine variants'. As such, it may not act like a 'typical migraine'. Patients with migraine variants can have symptoms other than headache. And yes, they can run in families. Talk to your sister and see what problems she was having that made her go to her docor. If you have had similar problems, talk to your doctor about them. ...Read more
Friend on facebook just diagnosed with basilar artery migraine. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?
Well known: This was nicely described by bickerstaff many years ago. The basilar artery supplies the balance center, vision areas, and nausea areas as well as regions that can cause confusion and disorientation. When these areas are primarily involved in a migraine attack, we refer to it as a form of basilar artery migraine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Basilar migraine: What you did is good - but this is never preventative - they just merely reduce the likelihood of developing them. Also if you have them then doing what you did may help. Sometimes no matter how good you are - you still get the symptoms - the body is complicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi can you tell me if basilar artery migraine will go away and can I work with it ps and i also have fibromyalgia to?
I don't believe in unnecessary medical treatment. Do I really need to treat basilar artery migraine?
Depends on how bad i: The answer depends on how bad they are. If you can tolerate them without any issue then the answer is no. If they bother you then avoid triggers, exercise regularly, limit stress and get enough sleep (eg 7-8hrs min). Eat a well balanced diet, avoid medications and alcohol and smoking. Avoid dairy, caffeine wheat, chocolate, eggs, rye, tomatoes, oranges.There are some medications - talk to your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi can you tell me what to do I have basilar artery migraine hiatus hernia and fibromyalgia and i want to work in a kitchen is it safe x?
I have been told I have mild ectasia of the basilar artery. I suffer with migraine and my father has multi infarct dementia. Should i be concerned?
Outdated concept: There's no such thing as basilar "artery" migraines. The term basilar migraine dates back to a time when migraine pathophysiology was thought to involve arterial wall constriction followed by compensatory dilation. Basilar migraine was thought due to basilar artery spasm. This notion has been discredited; however, the term is firmly entrenched & we all use it & know what it means & doesn't mean. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is Basilar Migraine result of spasm of the artery? Mine started after terrible uncontrolled reaction to pseudoephedrine & hasn't gone away! AHHHHH!
Have twitch in temporal area around artery for last couple of days, no pain, migraine or other discomfort whatsoever. Anything to be concerned about?
See your PCP: for examination and tests to rule out temporal arteritis. Initially the headache, migraine may be the only presenting symptom with the temporal and occipital regions being the most common locations. Tender spots or nodules may be present in the scalp, especially over inflamed arteries. Take care. ...Read more
2 year HX of migraine. Why do I get pain in the right side of my neck front and back during these attacks? It feels like where my arteries are. Why?
Can migraine cause tender and painful arteries too or only temporal arteritis? I'm 25 thought this was too young for TA?
Yes: migraines can cause a wide array of neurologic symptoms from partial blindness to scalp tenderness (including temporal tenderness). Migraine induced scalp tenderness should be transient; TA tends to be persistent. If your temporal tenderness persists you need a referral to a neurologist for evaluation. Otherwise you're looking at one of a migraneurs' common symptoms. ...Read more
Would cervical artery dissection cause 6 days slow gradual onset on off vertigo? 2 year HX of migraine. Vertigo getting worse each day.
4 year HX migraine. Feel like a lot of pain during migraine in cervical arteries, especially right side. Why is this? MRA shows small Right vertebral
Am I at increased risk of cervical artery dissection with my migraine history and intercranial hypertension?
Likely not: Both migraine and intracranial hypertension have varied causes most of which are not related to dissection of the vertebral or carotid arteries in the neck. dissection is usually related to either trauma in the neck, systemic hypertension or fibromuscular dysplasia of the carotid or vertebral arteries which can by diagnosed by ultrasound or CT angiography. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have small right vertebral artery. Get pain over this area and right carotid artery often, which precedes attacks of vertigo and migraine. Stroke?
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Previous MRA showed tiny right vertebral artery. I get awful migraine and pain over this area too. As well as worsening vertigo.VAD? ImpendingStroke?
Presumably you have: been having symptoms associated with vertebral artery circulation leading to an MR angiogram. The criteria for a hypoplastic/underdeveloped vertebral artery is one that is 2 mm or less in size. It is believed that this congenital anatomic variation is not uncommon. There are more studies showing that a small artery is related to ischemia, fewer showing risk for actual stroke. Work with Neurologist ...Read more
Attacks of pain directly along carotid artery av. twice a year & EXTREME lightheaded.HX of migraine and IIH. Normal MRA BUT DEFINITELY my artery. Why?
Cardiologist said,i may have small PFO due to Migraine Aura but not seen on Echo Q:Small PFO?Smaller than a cerebral artery?So if a clot goes through it you won't have a stroke?His reply in email "Ask Neurologist no cardio investigations are needed"
This makes no sense: to me. How was diagnosis of PFO made if not by ECHO? Migraine Aura is not a sign of PFO. The PFO would have to be smaller than 8 microns (a single red blood cell) to say you would not have potential for a CVA. I don't see how a neurologist will be able to assist you in this question. Are you certain he said you have a PFO? Is this all just to decide if you will take ASA? ...Read more
I get migraines, and have a history of anorexia, hypotension, orthostatic BPs, dehydration, thyroid and adrenal problems, etc. Tonight, my migraine is getting worse again, plus shakiness, dizziness, feeling hot/flushed, nausea and the veins/arteries (?) o
Migraine and the: other symptoms you mention all need to be treated and may be related. Have you been to a migraine clinic at a local hospital? Please look into that. Also, diet can trigger migraine. Food sensitivity testing, perhaps through Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas can give you more info. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Migraine history MRA/MRI results: right A1 anterior cerebral artery is hypoplastic. Right P1 posterior cerebral artery is markedly hypoplastic. Low lying cerebellar tonsils, no chiari. Borderline high riding left jugular bulb.What's the significance?
Meds, reduce risks: This is generally from narrowing/blockage of the arteries to the back of the brain. Symptoms of this can vary, but often include dizziness, difficulty using an arm, loss of sensation of face/arm/leg. It is treated with antiplatelet medications (eg. Aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) aggrenox), controlling cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, cessation of tobacco use, and in some cases placing a stent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
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