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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 buggs, Community Member, asks

Q: 7mm pineal cyst, enlarged pituitary & Aura Mirgrains. Should I take Anti seizure meds,reduce stroke?

I had 2 MRI's done in 9/08 looking for the cause of right side eye and facial numbness, clogged right ear, constant right side head pain and pressure. The MRI's showed a 7mm pineal cyst...and enlarged pituitary gald. I have seen a endo Dr and she saids everything is fine, not horman related (36 Yr-old woman) The Nero said I could take anti seizure meds daily to stop my brain from having the spasms that are causing my Aura migrains. I don't like meds but am worried that the spasms could cause more damage to my brain then taking the meds...Also, when doing the MRI they were looking for MS or a possible mild stroke. My Mother died of a stroke. I have been told to take asprine daily and have stopped taking the birth controll pills. Could the enlarged pituitary and the pineal cyst both be playing a part in my migrains?

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
2/15/09 4:38pm



There are other variables, but yes, it's possible that the cyst and enlarged pituitary could be triggering some of your Migraines.


It's not really that your brain has spasms that are stopped by the anti-seizure medications. Migraineurs have overly active neurons in our brains. When we encounter a trigger, those neurons start firing in a wave across the brain, starting a chain reaction. The anti-seizure medications are used to calm those neurons in the brain, making us less susceptible to our triggers. These medications are only one type that can be used for Migraine prevention.


If your doctor isn't able to help you, 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,


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By buggs, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 02/11/09