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Basilar artery: Basilar artery migraine involves reduction of blood flow through the basilar artery, the main blood supply to the brainstem and posterior portion of the brain. It often presents with loss of consciousness and when come to, there is a throbbing headache. Women with basilar migraine should not take birth control pills, since there is a likelihood of debilitating stroke with the combination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Type of migraine: Considered a subtype of migraine with aura, this migraine starts in the basilar artery, which forms at the base of the skull. It occurs mainly in young people. Symptoms may include vertigo (the room spins), ringing in the ears, slurred speech, unsteadiness, possibly loss of consciousness, and severe headaches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple options: The best idea is to stop migraines from developing. Preventive treatments include: medications, procedures-botox, nutritional supplements, increased exercise, and avoidance of migraine triggers. Treatments once a migraine develops include nsaid's (motrin), triptans (sumatriptan) amount others. There is not, to my knowledge, a specific treatment for basilar migraine. Get help-neurologist. ...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!
Diagnosed with TIA/Basilar migraine last night. Both cat scans normal. History of severe Chiari Malformation. Further testing warranted?
If I have an intractable Migraine With Brainstem Aura (Basilar Migraine)... am I likely suffering brain damage? Please be brutally honest.
I'm just after an op for breast cancer grad3 and I have been told I have non Hopkins lymphoma and basilar migraine and letrozole ?
Very complicated!: It sounds like you have 2 different cancers: 1. Breast cancer, and 2. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Letrozole is a medication used to treat breast cancer when the tumor has the estrogen receptor. It does not treat lymphoma. You can ask your doctor what treatment is planned for each cancer. Best of luck to you! ...Read more
Presume you mean : Sumatriptan, which is the very oldest triptan. Too much too frequently can risk heart attack or stroke, so much stay within guidelines. Immediate drowsiness or dizziness can occur, and rarely contributes to a bit more nausea, but really side effects relatively uncommon. Unlikely to cause long-term problems, as long as blood pressure normal and cardiovasc risks absent. ...Read more
How does Aimovig differ from other migraine medicines, and how much does it help compared to the other migraine drugs.
Aimovig: This is a novel way to prevent migraine headaches. It's a monoclonal antibody that's administered by injection once a month with a cost of about $6000 yearly. Most of us practicing physicians have no experience with this product and long term effects are unknown. Trials apparently showed less than astounding efficacy according to my readings. I'm sure It will be a hassle to get insurance coverage. ...Read more
Can certain drugs trigger migraine headaches? Is it possible for some drugs or medications to be the cause of migraine headaches?
Yes, potentially: If one looks in pdr, one would think that all drugs could cause headaches, but some are more often the culprits. Watch out for female hormonal agents, medicines used for blood pressure control, items to control thyroid fnctn, some ms and anti-epileptic drugs, just to name a few. ...Read more
Will predisone for a few days break a 2 week long migraine? I can't use most other migraine drugs and am desperate. Saw neuro, nothing serious wrong.
It could work: Sometimes Prednisone can be used to break migraine cycles. I am glad that you saw neurology for reassurance as migraine is one of the more common reasons for headache. As long as you have normal kidney function sometimes magnesium can be used as well to help that a lot of people tend to forget about. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraine 3 days. Iv drugs in er. Pain free 3 days. Migraine returned 1 day. Do I go back 2 ER or wait a few more days? Dont want to look like drug see
Migraines: Migraines can be debilitating. Unfortunately, there are no obvious physical measures on the examination to substantiate the claims of pain. Often, headache sufferers will be dismissed by ER physicians because there are many patients addicted to pain medicine that ruin the reputation of people with real pain syndromes. See a neurologist and obtain medications to prevent and treat the headaches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I took 10 mg of methadone 3 days ago for migraine. Have a drug test tomorrow. female, 5'4", 170 lbs, 42 yrs. plz tell me I will pass.
Why wont my headache go away ? Its been here since august and constantly throbbing, been told its migraine drugs don't help. Feel like im in a daze :(
Get 2nd opinion: Not sure who told you they were migraines but frequently other types of headaches are misdiagnosed as migraines. If you haven't already, i would get opinions from both a neurologist and an interventional pain management physician. I frequently see patients who are misdiagnosed as having migraines when in fact they have either occipital neuralgia or cervicogenic headaches from cervical facet joints. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have confirmed migraine diagnosis and if taken in time, Imitrex (sumatriptan) works. Can one build a tolerance to the Imitrex (sumatriptan) drug needing to up the dose?
Yes: If you take triptan meds more than 8 days a month on average you can develop medication overuse headache aka rebound headache which is a state when abortive meds don't work as well and preventatives are less effective as well. A headache diary is a key component of managing migraine. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sure, many choices: Fda approved preventatives include depakote, topamax, (topiramate) propranalol, timolol, but have seen some success with calcium channel blockers and nsaid's, and occas lithium. Abortive meds include the triptans and ergot amines, with some success with intranasal xylocaine. See a headache specialist in your city. ...Read more
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
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