One of the learned would of course be me. I can say this because I’ve written a book on the integrative management of migraines and epilepsy (which is, unfortunately not the name of the book–my select members of a focus group nixed this title pretty quickly, leaving me with less dramatic: Migraines and Epilepsy; How to find relief, Live well and Heal your brain).
Sounds like a scary title, huh? Good, because if you suffer from migraines, you NEED to understand how serious this truly is.
And it is not about controlling the headache. Although this may be the immediate need, this limited approach does nothing for protecting your brain. And make no mistake–migraine sufferers have a greatly increased risk for things like heart disease, stroke and dementia. Masking the headache with medication does not change your increased risk–it’s still going to happen unless you do something about it.
This is not the first time I’ve pointed out the links between migraines and seizures (as if my book, Migraines and Epilepsy wasn’t hint enough…) and it won’t be the last.
The reason I need to keep pointing it out is that mainstream medicine (neurologists included) don’t seem to see the association and consider them “comorbidities.” Comorbidities mean that they are occurring simultaneously and not necessarily related. Usually, comorbidities are medicated separately (because that’s how we “treat” everything in this country). Take diabetes and high blood pressure. Medicated separately. Heart disease and colon cancer. Separately.
Magnesium, phospholipid and energy metabolism between migraine syndromes.
I found it very interesting when one of my patients with seizures consulted an ER doctor friend of hers about her seizures. He basically informed her that she needed to be on antiseizure medication (with a standing order for bloodwork to check liver enzymes every two weeks…) and nothing else had any effect.