Duration of cycle, treatment of acephalgic Migraines?

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    What experiences have you had with Acephalgic or Silent Migraine?
    Specifically, duration of the cycle and treatment to break the cycle?

    Thank you, George.




    Dear George;


    Acephalgic Migraine is still a Migraine attack. It just skips the headache phase. The Migrainous process is still occurring in the brain.


    A Migraine, including acephalgic Migraine, generally lasts four to 72 hours. If it's refractory, not responding to treatment, IV infusion therapy will generally break the cycle. See IV Treatment of Refractory Migraine for more information.

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Published On: March 08, 2010