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Brain Stem Migraine


New to this forum. I started having occipital, "complex" migraines at 19 years old with visual distortions, hemiparesis, nausea/vomiting, and then head pain. Several years ago, my migraines presented with intermittent aphasia, and now vertigo. I am taking Effexor (recommendation of my neurologist for migraine Aura), and magnesium. I am very bothered by the aphasia, which continues daily, even after the migraine event has dissipated, in addition to transient vertigo. I am researching that this aura is from the brain stem. Does anyone else suffer from such issues, and experience the daily frustration of not being able to "find words", words "coming out wrong" (which both myself and my family notice), poor recall/memory, as well as intermittent vertigo?

Thank you for your support!

  1. Hi horsemom,

    In case you didn't seem my other response, I'll post it here;

    Hi horsemom,

    Welcome to the discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here! Let’s see what information I can give you that may be helpful.

    YES! I experience these symptoms, not every day, but enough to be noticeable. It’s frustrating for us and our loved ones. I say this frequently, so bear with me, but I wonder if its time to seek out the expertise of a true migraine/headache expert. Migraine/headache experts mostly treat one condition all day, every day – migraine and headache disorders and are board certified in headache medicine, which is different than being certified in neurology. Migraine/headache experts mostly treat one condition all day, every day – migraine and headache disorders. It’s not that neurologists aren’t fine doctors, but have a difficult time being experts in one area because they treat so many different conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s and others. When you get a moment, take a look at this information on how these doctors are different and how to find one; and

    You may also want to take a look at this article that explains what “complex” migraine really means;

    I hope that helps! Keep me posted on how you are feeling,

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide resources. I've been frustrated at times with my current treatment and don't feel listened to. The intermittent aphasia and poor recall is affecting my professional and personal life. My symptoms have worsened although the intensity of symptoms is better on the Effexor and magnesium. I will look at getting a second opinion. Send you so much gratitude and healing wishes on your own path to wellness. I will check in with you after my second opinion. Take care!

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