Migraine Term of the Day: Aneurysm

Patient Expert

When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.

Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.

Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

Today's term: Aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a congenital weak point in the wall of an artery that may bulge outwards, rupture and bleed, causing what is called a "subarachnoid hemorrhage." Produces a severe headache and stiff neck and can be fatal.

We sometimes discuss aneurysms as an issue that needs to be ruled out when Migraines or headaches have new or especially severe symptoms or when we have the "worst Migraine or headache of our lives."

For an example of why it's very important that an aneurysm be correctly diagnosed, see:

For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.