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Basilar Migraine

A basilar migraine is a type of headache, actually a rare form of migraine with aura, according to most. The aura symptoms come from the brain stem most likely, or both sides of the brain. Regardless, the aura is a neurologic symptom.

Whether or not the basilar artery to the back of the brain is involved is probable yet unproven. Some say Basilar artery migraine most commonly occurs in young adults.   I have to disagree.  I think the Basilar Artery is involved with a majority of Migraines due to 3 things: 

  • Its bilateral proximity to the brain stem.  
  • Its vascular influence on the brain.
  • In 35 years of treating thousands of Migraine sufferers with a noninvasive Stereotactic Percussion Wave (similar to an ultra sonic pulse) legions of patients had mild to fabulous results.

Near all had favorable results, which inspired the writing of Life Beyond Headaches.  

What Are Basilar Migraines?

Basilar Migraines may be more prevalent than once thought. Many migraine symptoms seem to relate to visual disturbances. Interestingly, the visual cortex (the part of the brain that has much to do with your vision) has its oxygen supplied by the basilar artery.

Oxygen of course is critically important for normal brain function (interestingly, one of the classic treatments for cluster migraine is oxygen therapy).

Some authorities believe that all or most symptoms of a migraine that include aura, tunnel vision, sensitivity to light, and other visual disturbances very possibly are tied into the basilar artery.

If the basilar artery constricts or has some sort of impedance of the normal blood flow, one could expect the symptoms mentioned above.

Symptoms of a Migraine That is Basilar in Nature

The aura symptoms can include dizziness, double vision, loss of balance, confusion, slurred speech, hearing changes and tingling on both sides of the body.

During the attack, some people lose consciousness or pass out. The migraine aura typically lasts less than one hour. Often these patients are mistakenly thought to be intoxicated, under the influence of drugs, or suffering from other conditions.

There is usually no weakness associated with these attacks. The headache that follows is typical of migraine headache.

A little anatomy lesson:

Below the skull the left and right vertebral arteries must pass a torturous upward path as they are threaded through the upper cervical vertebrae foramen transversaria.

As they ascend into the brain the left and right vertebral arteries join together (much like a couple of streams would join and form one larger river) they now form the basilar artery. If the upper vertebrae have created a blockade of some sort to the proper flow of oxygen carrying blood, the symptoms described above can ensue.

Diagnosing the Symptoms of a Basilar Migraine

A previous history of migraine is helpful in making the diagnosis. 

Learn the 3 most useful Self-Help Tips when dealing with BASILAR MIGRAINES
from Dr. Finnigan, the author of Life Beyond Headaches.

Basilar Migraines