What You Did Not Know About Basilar Migraines

November 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Migraines

A migraine is not just a headache that seems to linger from a few hours a day to more than a week. Migraines are by far one of the most undesirable health conditions you can experience. Besides the hair pulling, the screaming, and the head banging episodes, you are forced to lie in bed all day with the curtains drawn and your blanket over your head, praying that someone would come over and put you out of your misery. And when you wake up the next morning, it happens all over again. And of all the migraines in the world, basilar migraines hold first dibs in the world of women.


A basilar migraine is just one of the many health conditions that are directly related to headaches. What makes this unique is that only females can become victims to this molar gritting pain.


So then, why does this migraine occur only in females?


This particular condition is directly related to a female’s hormonal structure, including hormones for milk production for lactating mothers, body development, and menstruation. It starts with certain disruptions and imbalances in the core lobes of the brain, which most likely points to the occipital lobes and the cerebellum. When there are imbalanced processes and activity in the brainstem and the occipital lobes, some people even experience having auras.


A basilar type of migraine can cause a lot of discomfort for the victim, from vomiting to extreme nausea, and from temporary blindness to temporary paralysis. Symptoms of the condition usually start with a throbbing headache – something that starts from a slight discomfort in the temples to a mind-blowing shot of pain. Nausea usually comes next and when the headache gets worse, vomiting will surely follow.


Although men tend to get nervous, since headaches, nausea, and vomiting may well be symptoms of an entirely different thing, what bears noting is that migraines are actually vascular discomforts — those which are affected by the endocrine and the circulatory systems of the body.


Normally, this condition can be treated by taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Ibuprofen, paracetamol, or mefenamic acid usually do the trick. However, there are times when not even a whole box of painkillers can put a dent on the migraine. This is the time when a physician’s diagnosis and prescription is needed. There may be a need to conduct a thorough checkup just to make sure that basilar migraines are not caused by something worse.


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