migraines and seizures?

Libby - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son has a lot of strange symptoms, along with having seizures, and so now they are wondering if he's having migraines. We started migraine meds. (plus the Keppra he's on) early this week. Has anyone had experience with this?? I'm not really convinced it's migraines--and the doctors don't really know either. They're calling this kind of a diagnostic test--if the migraine meds. stop some of his strange symptoms, then yes, he has migraines, but if they don't, then he doesn't have migraines. I hate to put him on meds just to test and see if that's what it is. It's so many unknowns!

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Patti - posted on 07/14/2009

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Yes.. My son usually will have a migrine before he has a seizure.. If we can catch the headache early enough we can usually provent the headache. But it's hard when they don't tell you they have one. I don't give my child migrine meds I just give him childrens ibuprofen and give him a bath and usually that is all it takes.Usually I watch for behavior change in him and that will usually tip me he has a headache. My nero for my son says headaches can trigger seizures. That is usually when my son has his or late at night

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My son has migraines and seizures. When medicated correctly, they both stop. My little guy, who is almost 6, was an infant when it all started for him. He would not want to eat, get somewhat lethargic and later throw up. I kept thinking it was some kind of flu but noone else got sick. Then we resumed some pretty bad seizures and when I described these other episodes to my neuro, he decided that they were probably migraines. We are on Topomax which takes care of both the seizures and the migraines. He is doing great on this.
Since I have regular migraines I know how excruciating those are, so I didn't have a problem medicating. I don't like meds either, but sometimes they are necessary. Now that he is 5, he tells me that his head hurts. So I do believe that the diagnosis was correct.
When he was little and couldn't tell me what was wrong, but I would see him starting to respond like he was getting his migraines, I just gave him a normal dose of ibuprofen. Now that we are on good medicine, these episodes hardly every happen.
I hope this helps.
God bless,
Laura

Libby - posted on 07/10/2009

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They don't have a diagnosis at this point of the kind of epilepsy--they have just called it a seizure disorder. They've been looking for signs of something in particular--and have done a lot of testing, but nothing yet. He doesn't have infantile spasms, I don't think, since most of his seizures have been long and not small jerks. He does have some other issues that they are wondering if they are seizure spells (or migraines...), but still without jerks. Just staring (but doesn't show up on an EEG as abnormal).

Libby - posted on 07/09/2009

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PS He's 22 months old. (so he can't tell me what's going on....but he doesn't hold his head or anything like that when he has his "spells")

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