Basilar Artery Migraine, and its Symptoms..

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The basilar artery migraine received that name because at the base of the head lies an artery that upon an inaqudate supply of blood can cause migraines.

The basilar artery supplies blood to the brain. Upon constriction of this artery the adnormal blood flow can give symptoms such as intense episodes of migraine, which could involve vertigo, imbalance, and even loss of consciousness.

This type of migraine usually has an aura with it like the classic migraine. This migraine is usually felt at the back of the head, and the sides.

What is so frightening about this type of migraine is the fact that a person could be unconsciousness for up to ten minutes with an attack. You can see where the basilar artery lies in the photo above.


As you can see the basilar artery is a major artery that sends blood to the brain. You can see now when the blood supply is reduced, the symptoms described above could bring on a frightful experience. Let's take a close look at the photo showing the basilar artery.

The vertebral arteries, one on each side of the body, go through the vertebral column which is the spine, in the back of the neck, and enter the skull through the hole at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum.

Once inside the skull, the two vertebral arteries join up to form the basilar artery, as you can see, at the base of the medulla oblongata. (IF you ever watched the animated movie Madagascar,you heard the medulla oblongata mention.)


The basilar artery supplies arterial branches to the brain stem, cerebellum, and occipital lobes, which control the autonomic nervous system such as the level of conscious, coordination, balance and vision.

You see why one can have all of the symptoms above when this attack begins.

Basilar artery migraineurs are more likely to have migraine related strokes.

It's not known for sure, but smoking and birth control pills may be contributing factors in this.


Find a headache specialist to diagnose basilar artery migraine. You don't want a missed diagnose on this. In some sites they'll suggest taking triptans for the pain. But triptans constrict the arteries. And with this headache the cause of the trouble is constriction of the basilar artery.

I would not advise taking triptans unless a doctor gives the go ahead. Use common sense. Web Md has more info on this type of migraine. Our next page covers stomach migraines, and our last page was on abdominal migraines. Home page from Basilar artery migraine.

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