Vertiginous and Basilar Migraines - seeking info

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 10/2/2010 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I am looking for any and all information regarding vestibular/vertiginous migraines and also basiliar migraines.
I originally diagnosed with menstraul migraines (15 years ago) and until recently, had been virtually migraine free (one or two per year) for eight years. I've recently experienced a wide variety of symptoms, only one of which includes an increase in the frequency of my migraines. I did not connect any of the other symptoms to my previous migraine history but my primary care physician diagnosed vertiginous migraines. Subsequently, the neurologist that I was refered to diagnosed basilar migraines. I got some information from my pcp and also from the neurologist but I am finding that I still have a lot of questions.
I am looking for any and all information that I can gather on both of these conditions and while I can find some posts on this site related to vertiginous migraines I haven't seen anything about basilar migraines. Any links, research, personal experiences, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/3/2011 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I was first diagnosed with vestibular migraines from a pediatric neurologist. I went to get a second opinion from a headache specialist. She diagnosed me with basilar artery migraines. I get really wierd auras, and stroke like symptoms. DO NOT TAKE TOPAMAX. I couldn't concentrate on anything, and I was starting to loose memory. I now take amitreptalyne (sorry for spelling) and it doesn't work that great. I have fuorocet as a backup medication which works pretty well, but I can only take it twice a week and I get a really bad headache almost every day.

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   Posted 5/31/2011 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the reply!

I've been playing with varying doses of nortriptyline for the last eight months with varying degrees of success. The syncope completely disappeared, and rather than hemipalegia (one sided paralysis) I tend to deal with hemiparesis (one sided weakness) combine with change in sensation. For a while the vertigo was much improved, but the classic migraine components (headache, nausea and photo/phonosensitivity), which were virtually non-existant prior to the meds have gotten worse. And the side effects (tachycardia, night terrors and dysrhythmias) are getting to a point where I am not sure they are any safer, or healthier than the migraines.

I got a perscription for Topomax that I am supposed to start tonight. I am anxious about taking it as I have heard all kinds of horror stories from people on these forums and others as well, but I know that everyone responds to medications differently than others so I am going to give it the benifit of the doubt and trust my physician.

Wishing you all the best with the amitriptyline, or whatever you're trying now!

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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 6/2/2011 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Just a quick thought - rough night and brain not functioning all that great but wanted to mention that if you are experiencing weakness as a migraine symptom it may be that you are dealing with hemiplegic migraines and not basilar migraines. Basilar migraines can have numbness as a symptom but usually not weakness.
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