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Question (11/30/2012):

Title: Difference between a migraine and an aneurysm.

What is the difference between a migraine and an aneurysm?

What is the level of pain?



Dear Carole,

Thank you very much for your question.

Cerebral aneurysms are swollen blood vessels that occur in the brain, usually near the veins at the base of the brain, often producing severe migraine-like headaches.

Migraine is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms

Migraine headaches and brain aneurysms share common symptoms.

Levels of Migraine pain varies widely with all types of migraines.

Types of migraines include:

-Without Aura
-With Aura
-Basilar Artery
-Familial Hemiplegic

The exact mechanism of the head pain which occurs during a migraine is unknown.

Some evidence supports a primary role for central nervous system structures (such as the brainstem and diencephalon) while other data support the role peripheral activation (such as via the sensory nerves that surround blood vessels of the head and neck).

An unruptured brain aneurysm may produce no symptoms, particularly if it's small.

However, a large unruptured aneurysm may press on brain tissues and nerves, possibly causing:

-Pain above and behind an eye
-A dilated pupil
-Change in vision or double vision
-Numbness, weakness or paralysis of one side of the face
-A drooping eyelid.

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