Italian study results just released demonstrate that Migraineurs are more likely to experience a headache before the onset of a stroke than patients without Migraine disease.
"Headache is a common clinical symptom preceding or accompanying stroke, and migraine patients have a greater probability of complaining of headache, often with migraine-like features, before and during acute stroke than non-migraineur patients... The more frequent involvement of brainstem in migraineur patients with ischemic infarction supports the hypothesis that vascular events preceding the clinical stroke...can cause a dysfunction of this structure, which may be more predisposed to be abnormally activated."
Dr. Paola Sarchielli, Lead Researcher
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My wife had an ischemic stroke at a posterior branch of the middle cerebral artery on the right side. She temporarily lost motor function on the left, and had homomonous hemiopia after initial recovery. The visual disturbance is mostly recovered but she has daily headaches.
She was initially on Dilantin 300mg at bedtime but is getting weaned down and is now taking Tegretol 200mg one and a half tablets twice daily and one Dilantin 100mg at bedtime. The Tegretol was gradually titrated up as the Dilantin was titrated down.
Initially after the stroke she had headaches that seemed to be fading in intensity but now is complaining that the headaches are getting worse. Is this the normal course of post stroke recovery or a potential side effect of the drug therapy? My wife had an ischemic stroke at a posterior branch of the middle cerebral artery on the right side. She temporarily lost motor function on the left, and had homomonous hemiopia afte...
<p><strong>What Is Stroke?</strong></p>
<p>A stroke is a medical emergency caused either by obstruction of an artery carrying blood to the brain or by rupture of one of the cerebral arteries. Because brain cells cannot regenerate, lack of oxygen from blockage of the blood supply may quickly lead to cell death and permanent brain damage.</p>
<p>Strokes are more likely to occur when arteries have been substantially narrowed by atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaques in the walls of the arteries). Blood flow through narrow arteries is reduced, and blood clots are more likely to form along the uneven surface of the plaque. A clot formed in a carotid artery in the neck or a cerebral (brain) artery can block the artery at the site. Clots may also form elsewhere, become detached, and ultimately block a cerebral artery, causing a stroke.</p>
<p>About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes—caused by a blockage in either an ar...
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