Do a lot of people get basilar artery migraine?

Not really. About 10 to 15% of the total population have migraine headaches. Basilar artery migraines are a specific type of migraine and are less common.

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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get basilar artery migraine?

Genetics. Basilar migraine is a migraine variant that occurs mainly during adolescence, and is likely present in patients who have a genetic susceptibility in their families. Attacks may be triggered due to chemical additives in foods, such as msg, nitrites, aspartame. Migraine preventatives might work, so discuss with your doctor the possible use of petadolex, riboflavin, co-q-10. 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...

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...

What is a 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...
Disturbance of brain. This is a disturbance at the base of the brain, hospital testing should be done to eliminate the presence of other more severe problems that may cause similar symptoms. You should see a neurologist for appropriate initial diagnosis and treatment. Read more...

Can you die from basilar artery migraine?

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. Read more...
May be. If you get a serious stroke then you may, usually not. Read more...

What can I eat to avoid basilar artery migraine?

Nothing. Unless you know of some food that triggers your migraine, which you can avoid, you can not eat any food to avoid migraine. Read more...

Describe the features of a basilar artery migraine.?

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. Read more...
See your doctor. Please consider seeing your doctor and describing your symptoms without use of internet or medical book research. Read more...

What are the key symptoms of basilar artery migraine?

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). 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...

What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

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...