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Q: what causes "ligtening bolt" migraines?

I have had two "lightening bolt" seizures--doctor says they are related to migraines--I have never had a migraine except for these two episodes which threw me to the floor and were followed by a week long headache.
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Teri Robert, Health Guide
1/18/11 2:42pm

Jane,

 

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Migraine is a genetic neurological disease thought to be caused by genetics and overactive neurons in the brain. What triggers individual Migraine attacks varies from person to person. You can find more information about potential triggers in Common Migraine Triggers.

 

Migraines seldom cause seizures, and when they do, it's the Migraine aura that triggers them. You can read more about Migraine aura in Anatomy of a Migraine.

 

Did you have symptoms other than the seizures and headaches? Headache alone isn't enough for a diagnosis of Migraine. For a diagnosis of Migraine the headache has to have two of these characteristics:

  1. unilateral location
  2. pulsating quality
  3. moderate or severe pain intensity
  4. aggravation by or causing avoidance of routine physical activity (e.g., walking or climbing stairs)

In addition, one of these is required:

 

  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • photophobia and phonophobia
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    I hope this information helps.

     

    Welcome again,

    Teri

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    mckellarj, Community Member
    1/19/11 5:28pm

    I have the exact same thing, I even called it 'lightning flashes' to my doc. From the reasearch that I have done, they are unofficially called ice pick headaches. My doc didn't believe me when I told her I was getting these flashes of pain that were a 12/10 pain.

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    mckellarj, Community Member
    1/19/11 5:37pm

    sorry I really didn't answer your question, from my research, I haven't found any specific cause, and treatment is hard because the flashes are so short, but a possible preventitive that I found is indomethacin (Indocin). I hope this helps.

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    Teri Robert, Health Guide
    1/19/11 11:42pm

    I thought of that too, but she had a week-long headache. Ice pick headaches last only a few seconds.

     

    Teri

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    mckellarj, Community Member
    1/20/11 12:23am

    I am really sorry to hear that, that much pain sucks.

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