Migraine Term of the Day: Ipsilateral

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: Ipsilateral.

Idiopathic means the same side; affecting the same side of the body.

When discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders, we generally see ipsilateral used to describe symptoms that occur on the same side of the head or body a the headache. This can happen in Migraine, and is quite common with symptoms of cluster headache.

You can read more about some of the ipsilateral symptoms of cluster headaches in _Cluster Headaches - The Basics _.