7/9/07 #3 - Possible that daughter's seizures are triggered by Migraines?

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    Hello, I suffer from hormonally induced migraines. I have since 12 when I first started.  Here is my question. I have a daughter who is 4 now. I know that this condition is genetic and I am pretty sure that my daughter will have to face the same hell I go through every month. I was unaware that migraines and epilepsy can be connected, although that makes since. My daughter has had unexplainable seizures since she was 2 weeks old. All they have ever said is that they come from the left side of her brain and that there are no growths or abnormalities apparent. My question to you is -- is it possible that the 100 or so seizures she has experienced over the last 4 years were directly triggered by migraines? And if it is possible, is there a way to test her and see if it is migraines causing her seizures? If we could narrow down the cause better, we can care for her properly. Thank you for your time. Robbie.

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    Dear Robbie;

    If you are assuming that you daughter will have the same condition you do, then you have a one in two chance that she will not, because not all children have migraines as their parents might. While it is true that migraines and epilepsy can have a connection, particularly in youngsters, I don't think that your daughter's seizures have a necessary relationship to migraines that she may or may not experience.  You did not say that she has migraines. Obviously, an epileptologist would be one sort of consultation, and, if your daughter has headaches, a pediatrician specializing in headaches would be the other.  Good luck in your search for answers.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: July 09, 2007