Is There A Connection Between Migraines And Avms (Arteriovenous Malformations)?

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Asked by dkc

Is There A Connection Between Migraines And Avms (Arteriovenous Malformations)?

Before I knew I had an AVM (arteriovenous malformation), I had headaches that would last for hours on end. After I had surgery to remove the AVM from my neck, I joined an online AVM support group (http://www.avmsurvivors.org/), and it seems that many of the people on there who have AVMs or have had them removed suffer from horrendous headaches.

Answer

dkc,

I'm not totally clear on your question. In the title, you ask about Migraines, but in the rest of your question, you talk about headaches. There's a definite difference.

Headaches are a common symptom of AVM. In someone with a genetic predisposition to Migraine, an AVM can also trigger some Migraines.

Teri