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Sunday, July 19, 2009 derek duffy, Community Member, asks

Q: how to prevent basilar type migraine

we have not yet found out what trigers basilar type migraines or how to prevent them so how do we


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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
7/21/09 11:13pm

Hi derek


Basilar-Type Migraine (BTM) is Migraine with aura - not real common by the way - with its symptoms starting in the brain stem and affecting both sides of the brain at the same time. It is very important to know that there is no motor weakness with this type of Migraine. For complete information on BTM, continue reading: Basilar-Type Migraine - The Basics.


Since BTM is in a sense a Migraine, each person may be triggered by different things. Keeping a Migraine diary would be very helpful to see what really is triggering your attack, what medications work and don't work, and the various symptoms of the attacks. You can download a free version of our diary on our Migraine trigger page HERE.  


BTM is best treated by a Migraine specialist, the expert in Migraines and headache disorders. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

I hope this helps,


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By derek duffy, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/08/10, First Published: 07/19/09