Will seizures and migraines cause any permanent damage?

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Will seizures and migraines cause any permanent damage to your brain? I had brain cancer 5 years ago and have had seizures since then. Yesterday, I had a partial seizure followed by an awful migraine. I have never had migraines before. Will seizures and migraines cause any permanent damage to your brain? Why am I now having migraines with my seizures?

Thanks, Candy.


Dear Candy;

Of course, I have no answer as to the "why?" part of your question, Migraines can have 250-300 triggers or associations in the first place. Untreated seizures can causes permanent changes in brain function (if not treated appropriately) and headaches, including Migraines, are very frequently seen after a seizure. This may just be part of your clinical presentation. Seek out the help of a headache and Migraine expert, as the post-seizure headaches can be difficult to treat. 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 _.

Something to keep in mind is that a Migraine isn't just a "bad headache." Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. You said this was your first Migraine. Did your doctor tell you it was a Migraine? If not, please do see your doctor. It may or may not have been a Migraine if you haven't been diagnosed.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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