Basilar Artery Migraine

There are many types of migraine headaches, one of which is Basilar Artery Migraine. This is a migraine which starts with an aura and is felt on both sides of the back of head.

An aura can be one or more symptoms that act as a warning sign that a bad headache (migraine) is coming. Dizziness, vertigo, slurred speech, ringing in your ear(s), changes to your vision and losing your balance are some of the symptoms you might experience.

Basilar Artery Migraines can occur in men and women or all ages. For reasons that are not clearly understood, they are more common in teenage girls.

What causes migraine headaches? Basilar Artery Migraines can be inherited through several genes and influenced by your lifestyle and factors in the environment. In rare cases, this type of migraine could be caused by a change (mutation) in certain genes.

How are migraines treated? Patients with Basilar Artery Migraines are usually given nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) for pain and medications that help with nausea and dizziness.

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