EEG shows a "migraine variant/variance." What Is this?

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    My EEG shows a " Migraine variant/variance". Although I know many people with  Migraine, I don't know anyone who has this abnormal EEG. Whenever I've mentioned this to Doctors they just kind of nod their heads, knowingly. This is the way it was explained to me: "The abnormal brain wave that you have looks just like that of a person with seizure disorder (epilepsy). The only way we can tell the difference is by your clinical examination. You obviously have symptoms of  Migraine". I guess it's always kind of bothered me, thinking that maybe I've missed something. I've suffered with intractable  Migraine for over 20 years. Some periods of time have been fairly normal, but not enough! My concern is, in part, fueled by the fact that I had an Aunt who had epilepsy. Please offer your advice/opinion on this matter. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Your service here is more valuable than you could ever know! Jane.

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    Dear Jane;

     

    You are in a (fairly small) group of  Migraine/headache sufferers who also have EEG findings. Most of the time, there are other factors in the equation like: concussions, meningitis, family history of seizures, high unexplained fevers and many other items. There have been entire books written about the association of  Migraines with seizures and EEG findings. Usually, if I find such data in a patient, it might lead me to discuss therapy for the  Migraines with medications that quiet down EEG activity, so-called anticonvulsants. I prefer the term neuromodulating agents, as it is less threatening. All of these have been published on for the treatment of  Migraines. Perhaps consultation with a  Migraine expert would be enlightening. If you need help finding one, there's a link below. Thank you for your kind comments.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: March 16, 2010