Migraines and grand mal seizure?

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    I have been a migraine sufferer for years and never associated that my first seizure could have been associated with my migraines, eight years latter I am on vacation and out of nowhere have another seizure. (Grand-Mal) I am very confused and have a lot of unanswered questions I see my neurologist in 2 days I am terrified that this will take over my life I hate felling tired form the Dilantin and am afraid to put on weight that I worked very hard to lose for a year. Please clarify this aliment. I am scared. Brenda.


    Dear Brenda;

    There are entire books written on the topic of Migraines and seizures, especially in young people. We do envision brains of folks with Migraines as being more electrically excitable, and it is no surprise that every so-called anticonvulsant has some data in lowering or preventing migraines. On the other other hand, the 2 items may be just fortuitous and unrelated, like having lice and then fleas.

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Published On: December 06, 2009