Fashion Show Guest Sharon Stone seeks Migraine Treatment

October 2, 2012

Admittedly many of this season’s ridiculous outfits parading at fashion shows around the world are potential triggers for any chronic migraine sufferer.  In fact, at a fall Milan show in Italy last week, style icon and actress Sharon Stone, was overcome with a migraine attack and had to be rushed off to the hospital to receive migraine treatment.  The story, which was reported in the New York Daily News, has a happy ending with Stone being released and doing well.  Although this story made the news because this migraineur is a celebrity, another significant reason is that she had a past history with a brain aneurysm and naturally everyone feared the worst.  So what does this mean for chronic migraine sufferers? Is there a link between the two conditions?

A cerebral (brain) aneurysm occurs when a weakness in the blood vessel wall results in an outward bulge, according to Medline.  Symptoms can range from none at all to the worst headache of someone’s life, in the event the aneurysm begins to trickle slowly or ruptures, which would be considered a medical emergency.  Symptoms can mimic a migraine.  For chronic migraine sufferers who may be at risk for an aneurysm, this can be a confusing and scary way to experience migraine attacks.  It helps to understand the symptoms as well as risk factors to determine whether someone is in grave danger or rather in need of effective migraine treatment.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, signals that a brain aneurysm may have ruptured include neurological issues like neck stiffness and facial paralysis, unconsciousness, light sensitivity, visual disturbances, stiffness in the neck, and migraine type nausea and headache.  Similar symptoms may also occur just prior to a rupture, perhaps if a nerve is under pressure.  Risk factors include diabetes, hypertension, genetics or injury to the vessel.

Although many aneurysm symptoms seem to dovetail with migraines, if you suffer with a chronic migraine condition there are a couple of things you should know to ease your anxiety about aneurysms.  The onset of a post-rupture headache is sudden and massive in nature, unlike any other headache a person has experienced.   Also, people with known risk factors can be vigilant and monitor their health with regular visits to the physicians.   And it should also be reassuring to know that there is no significant known link between both conditions.  So, if you suffer with chronic migraines, chances are very good that your next migraine will respond best to your tried and true migraine treatment.

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