20-year-old son with seizure the morning after Migraine?

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    My 20 year old has had sever chronic migraines since age 10. Through all the traditional migraine meds, there has been no relief. We also have tried the elevation diets and amitriptylene several years ago, and it only lessened the frequency. Last night he was plagued with yet another. He never has had the aura like I get, but they attack several times a week with symptom of weakness, nausea, light and sound sensitivity. They last from 6 hours to 2 full days at a raging level 8 and above. After the migraine last night, this morning a seizure woke him up. He has never had a before. He woke up not being able to focus, shaking and sweating uncontrollably, and biting his tongue and not being able to stop...why would this just begin after never occurring before? Donna.

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    Dear Donna;


    Seizures should always be investigated. The seizure your son experienced may have been related to the Migraine the night before, but it could just have well have not been related at all. He needs to see his doctor and be evaluated for a possible seizure disorder rather than assuming that it's related to his Migraines.


    Where his Migraines are concerned, he shouldn't give up working toward a regimen to help him manage his Migraines. A good preventive regimen should not only help reduce the frequency of his Migraines, but should also help reduce the severity and make them easier to treat. If his doctor isn’t able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: August 06, 2012