Basilar Migraines-Triggers

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Susan578
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   Posted 3/16/2011 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Recently, I have been diagnosed with Basilar Type Migraines. I have suffered from migraine with nausea since the age of 4. At 18 I had my first visual aura and only had about dozen of them since then. I am 25 years old. Over a year ago, I started having symptoms of right side skin numbness with muscle-ache and vertigo. The auras can last a few hours or a few weeks. I only had a headache once with these auras. The vertigo is most disabling. I find it hard to go to work and function with my home life.

For the past 10 years, I have been able to figure out my migraine triggers. They are MSG, artificial fruit flavors and smells, artificial sugars, too much or too little sleep, soda not taken with food, lack of eating, and I'm probably forgetting a few more.

I have figured out that the vertigo and right side numbness that lasted only hours was triggered by wearing reading glasses while working at a computer. I have to look at a computer almost entirely for my job. I have an appointment with an eye doctor this Friday to get computer glasses. Hopefully they will work. My auras started before I got the glasses so they are not entirely the cause. I've had numbness twice since not wearing my glasses for 3 weeks.

If you suffer from auras, please let me know your known triggers. This is a whole new experience for me and I'd like to hear how people manage to prevent and treat their symptoms.

I just keep telling myself I'm lucky not to suffer a headaches with these symptoms. It helps me from feeling sad about it. I had it under control until now.

jewishmother
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   Posted 3/16/2011 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My basilar migraines started in 1980 and though the symptoms have shifted some the triggers have essentially remained the same. My migraines are mostly visually triggered - fluorescent lights, flashing lights, bright lights etc..., stripes and other crazy patterns (noticed when traveling through an airport today how many people wear striped shirts!) and watching rapid movements - can't watch some tv shows because of the camera work. MSG is also a trigger and when I haven't gotten enough sleep I know I will have a migraine early in the day. My most frustrating trigger because I am powerless over it is changes in barometric pressure! Managing our triggers is so important but there are some that we can do nothing about!

What meds do you take? My daughter's dominant migraine symptom is vertigo and she takes a low dose of elavil which really has helped her. I hope the new glasses help - dealing with basilar migraines is a day by day adventure as we learn to wrap our lives around our very sensitive brains! Leslie

Susan578
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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 3/20/2011 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responding.

I've never heard of changes in barometric pressure being a trigger. I'll have to buy a reader and track that in my log book. It could be messing with my inner ear causing the vertigo. Thanks for that tip!

I did take amitriptlyne from age 15 to 21, but stopped because I had my migraine headaches under control. The first neuro I went to put me back on last spring for a month, but it made me so hungry. I gained 10 pounds and the neuro had me stop taking them. He then put me on topamax and I was suffering vertigo for six weeks. First day of taking it, vertigo miraculously stopped. But in august I started another vertigo episode that lasted 4 weeks and increasing dosage of topamax did not help. At this time, I was seeing a second neurologist because of differences with the first neurologist. I had become discouraged and stop taking topamax. Now I am on veraprimall (nightly) and imitrex (when needed).
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