"Doc, I've had swelling off and on for more than 15 years. The medications my doctor has been giving me don't seem to work as well. It seems like when I get upset or stressed, my feet or hands start to swell. Sometimes my face swells. I have taken many courses of steroids and Benadryl but it seems to be getting worse".
The above comments were made by a 32-year-old female patient that came to my office for an initial evaluation in January of last year. She has a rare disease that is associated with recurrent swelling of the hands, feet, arms, legs, face, genitalia and throat. The disease is hereditary (other family members usually have it), and frequently the cause of unexplained bouts of abdominal pain that may be extremely severe.
Weeks ago (Feb 2011) she had a sudden severe episode of throat swelling which required intubation (a breathing tube placed into the throat and lung) and a seven day hospital intensive care unit visit.
Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) was el...
Can Migraine be hereditary? Elaine.
Yes, it has been shown that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. When trying to trace it back through families, you should also ask about "sick headaches" because Migraines were often called "sick headaches" in previous generations. Also ask abut sinus headaches because many people mistake Migraines for sinus headaches.
When one parent has Migraine in their family history, there's a 50% chance that children will inherit the disease. That jumps to 75% if there's Migraine in the family history of both parents.
Here's some information for you:
Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It’s Probably a Migraine
Gene Linked To Migraine and Increased Stroke Risk
Hemiplegic Migraine - Genetic Testing May Be Helpful
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