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Q: Are there types of migraine that produce non epileptic seizures?

Are there types of migraine that produce non epileptic seizures? My 21 year old daughter has had unidentified non eplileptic seizures that begin with a severe headache that may last for days afterward.  There is also vomitting and fatigue, and there is a family history of migraine.

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
9/25/08 1:41am

Hello C.,

 

Yes, there is one kind of seizure associated with Migraine, but I'm not sure your daughter fits the description. Here is is:

 

Migraine-triggered seizure
Description: A seizure triggered by a migraine aura.


Diagnostic criteria:
  A. Migraine fulfilling criteria for Migraine with aura
  B. A seizure fulfilling diagnostic criteria for one type of epileptic attack occurs during or within 1 hour after a migraine aura

 

Comment:
Migraine and epilepsy are prototypical examples of paroxysmal brain disorders. While migraine-like headaches are quite frequently seen in the postictal period, sometimes a seizure occurs during or following a migraine attack. This phenomenon, sometimes referred to as migralepsy, has been described in patients with migraine with aura.

 

If you're not getting anywhere with her current doctors, I'd suggest a seizure expert to rule out or confirm a seizure disorder and a Migraine and heaache specialist. Headaches should not last for days; nor should Migraine attacks.

 

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,

Teri

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By C. Holton, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/21/10, First Published: 09/23/08