Basilar Artery Migraine

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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/30/2010 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is my background: I have had migraines as far back as I could remember. I managed to get control of it as a teenager by figuring out the triggers and avoiding them. Then I figured out the best methods to treat my migraine attacks depending on the trigger (some were just unavoidable).

Fast forward ten years later, now I have developed vertigo. I have had the ct scan, mri, and ekg, They are normal. I've been to an ear doctor, and two neurologists. They tell me I have basilar artery migraine even though I suffer no migraines with them (kind of lucky I guess) and all I can do is take preventive medicine topamax and cope.

I am on my 11th day of vertigo. Some days worse than others with the dizziness, nausea and blurred vision. My first long episode was back in April and that lasted 2 weeks, but then I started Topamax and that made the vertigo stop in it's tracks.

My first reason for this post: has anyone found some self healing techniques for the vertigo? Even just temporary relief to get me through the work day? For migraines I had discovered that a cold compress, ibuprofen, nap, Mountain Dew for the caffeine, or something to keep me distracted can give me relief. But this vertigo is uncharted territory for me.

My second reason for this post: Is there some trigger for vertigo that is not the same as it could be with migraines? My migraine triggers are artificial sweeteners, fruity flavors and smells, possibly MSG in Chinese food, flashing lights, and loud noises.

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   Posted 8/2/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!  For me, it was the other way around.  I have suffered with positional veritigo for 8 years.  And an occassional migraine however, I have been having daily one sided migraines for the past 7 weeks.  I am now on Topomax and building up to 2 a day just yesterday.  I am on FMLA now until I can function to work in public again.  But for the vertigo, my ENT doctor had me do these exercises that helped me.  You can look them up on the web.  But I don't know it you have the same kind of vertigo.  Mine is the rocking kind.  I feel as though I am standing in a row boat and rocking side to side real fast producing nausea and sometimes even my eyes would shake back and forth too!  My triggers are waking up congested like after sleeping with the fan on all night or after being outside in the yard for long periods.  Trying to get up out of the bed is a real problem when you are dizzy.  Sometimes, I would just let myself fall and then I would crawl to the bathroom because if felt more secure holding on to the floor or the wall.  Another trigger is listening to loud music.  (Nowadays, this one triggers my migraines too.)  Hope you get some relief.

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   Posted 8/4/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply. I didn't know there were different types of vertigo! That shows how little I know. I feel like I was spinning in a chair and I can't sit or stand by myself without leaning against something. I will look up exercises. Thanks!

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   Posted 5/3/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Topomax: I was on it for my migraines and I had terrible concentrating symptoms and memory loss
For my dizziness I use bonine which usually works for me
Fuorocet is an awesome headache blocker
Weather is one of my main triggers

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   Posted 11/5/2015 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from BAM too and the vertigo is not fun. I am on Topomax and dislike it as it creates a 'zombie syndrome' as I call it. I find I need to rely on calendars to tell me when to do things, because I won't remember on my own. Weather is a trigger for me as well. I had to give up my full time job because I have so many migraine days that I used up my FMLA time and was literally falling down while at work losing my balance from the vertigo.

I find people don't understand BAM. I get the 'you don't look sick' glances regularly. It's true, I don't look sick, but I am. There are also times when I get looked at like I'm drunk when I'm having a vertigo 'attack'. That really bothers me for some stupid reason. And when a pounding headache sets in while I'm out and about, I keep a baseball hat and my dark specially made, anti-glare, polaroid sunglasses on. THAT generates some sideways stares as well...I'm told I turn an awful pasty color when this happens..

The life of a BAM patient...

Post Edited (Sunup Shutterbug) : 11/5/2015 5:12:51 AM (GMT-7)

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