Basilar Migraine

Basilar Migraine
Basilar Migraine

Basilar Migraine - Migraine conditions usually vary in terms of their pain intensity. Therefore, different people might suffer from migraines yet have very different experiences in terms of the pain. Luckily, most of these conditions are never life threatening. However, the basilar migraine could be considered the most dangerous migraine even though it is quite rare. It results from the constriction of the basilar artery, which is the main supply of blood to the brain’s stem. In the past, this type of migraine was presumed to affect only the young females at around their teen years or younger. However, research has shown that basilar migraines can affect almost anyone irrespective of age and gender.

Someone who suffers from this condition, usually experiences some set of symptoms before a headache begins. These symptoms include vision problems, imbalance, numbness, being confused, and vomiting. These symptoms usually last for some minutes or one hour and they subside when a headache starts. Unfortunately, when the headache subsides, these symptoms are likely to be experienced again. This second phase of symptoms can last for a number of days. Moreover, it is possible for someone to faint during this phase of symptoms. In some few cases, people slip into a coma for either a few hours or some days.

Basilar migraines are dangerous because they sometimes lead to the development of mini stroke conditions. The mini stroke condition is also known as TIA (transient ischemic attack). This condition happens due to the temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. The good thing with a TIA is that it does not damage the brain permanently. Its effects include slurred speech, and one side of the body may become weak for about one day.

The position of the basilar artery is at the head’s posterior side. Therefore, basilar migraines usually involve the suffering from ache at either side of the head’s back area. However, it is always necessary to seek proper diagnosis from a doctor rather than making presumptions. A correct diagnosis necessitates the patient to experience at least two different attacks of the condition’s symptoms. Each of these attacks should include a minimum of two symptoms. Apart from observing these symptoms, a doctor should conduct further tests. This is especially necessary if a patient experiences motor weakness because it could be a symptom for hemiplegic or basilar migraine. Therefore, it is necessary to be sure of the actual condition. The further tests include CT and MRI scans.

The problem with the symptoms experienced due to the basilar migraine is that they can disable someone. For instance, the loss of vision or passing out can be very dangerous especially if someone is working with machines or when driving. Therefore, it is necessary for the people around the sick individual to have the necessary information about this condition. These people include family, friends and work mates. With this information, they will be able to take care of such a person during an attack.

The good thing is that there are medications for treating basilar migraines. Actually, these treatment methods are similar to the treatment techniques for almost all migraines.

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