How Are Basilar Migraines Treated?
Treatments for basilar migraines are generally focused on relieving symptoms of pain and nausea. These include pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen, as well as antinausea medicines such as chlorpromazine, metoclopramide, and prochlorperazine. It is not unusual for doctors to prescribe the same medication used to treat regular migraine headaches, such as triptans.
Your doctor may suggest using the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS), a prescription device placed on the back of the head at the onset of a migraine with aura. It then releases a pulse of magnetic energy and stimulates part of the brain, which may stop or lessen pain.
Can Basilar Migraines Be Prevented?
If you suffer with basilar migraines, keep a journal of your attacks in order to identify any triggers of your migraines. Avoiding these triggers can be helpful in reducing the frequency of the migraines. In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help. That means you need to:
- Get adequate sleep
- Limit your stress
- Exercise daily
Diet can also affect migraines. Doing the following may help control your migraines:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol
- Not skipping meals
- Limiting caffeine intake
- Avoiding any foods that have been triggers
Some foods thought to be common triggers of migraines include:
You might try eliminating these foods from your diet to see if you have fewer migraines.
It is also not unusual to use the same preventive medications that are used in regular migraine. Your doctor may try anticonvulsant medicines such as Topamax (topiramate) or Depakote (valproic acid) to help prevent migraines. Calcium channel blockers work by inhibiting the arteries from widening and by blocking serotonin release. Certain antidepressants block serotonin reabsorption. This may also inhibit migraines.
Also, Cefaly is the first FDA-approved device for preventing migraines in people over age 18. The portable headband-like device gives electrical impulses on the skin at the forehead. This stimulates a nerve associated with migraine headaches. Cefaly is used once a day for 20 minutes, and when it's on you'll feel a tingling or massaging sensation.