Can migraines cause seizures, very cold hands, feet and a rapid heart beat?

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can migraines cause seizures, very cold hands, feet and a rapid heart beat?

hi there, I'm a 27 yr old female. I started getting migraines when i was around 21 yrs old. I recently collapsed and had a seizure after having a migraine, with neck and shoulder pain, for the previous 4 days. I was in hospital for a week and my CAT scan came back clear. the doctors did not know what caused this episode. That was 2 months ago and ive continued to have simular but not as severe seizures since.

any information would be greatly appreciated. irish jessie.


Dear Jessie;

There is a type of seizure that can be triggered by Migraine aura, called Migraine triggered seizure. Here's information on that from the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition"

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

Diagnostic criteria:

A. Migraine fulfilling criteria for 1.2 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

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.

It's not unusual for Migraineurs to report cold hands and feet during a Migraine. A rapid heart beat could be caused by the excitement of a Migraine or seizure, but should be checked out.

You don't say if your subsequent episodes were related to a Migraine.

You need to have this more thoroughly examined. Find a neurologist who is familiar with treating seizure disorders. He or she can perform an EEG and other tests to check for seizure disorders. You might also want to see a Migraine specialist. If you need assistance finding one, there's a link below to our directory of patient recommended specialists.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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