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Medicine For Basilar Artery Migraine
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 more
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
See your doctor: Please consider seeing your doctor and describing your symptoms without use of internet or medical book research. ...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 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
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
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Is Basilar Migraine result of spasm of the artery? Mine started after terrible uncontrolled reaction to pseudoephedrine & hasn't gone away! AHHHHH!
Insufficient data: Please repost and describe the symptoms of what you are calling Basilar Migraine. Who made that diagnosis? Vascular spasm is an obsolete theory of migraine pathogenesis that was superseded at least 20 years ago. ...Read more
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 more
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
I have small right vertebral artery. Get pain over this area and right carotid artery often, which precedes attacks of vertigo and migraine. Stroke?
Atypical migraine: See neurologistGet a more detailed answer ›
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