Migraine Headaches and Seizures Linked

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I have stated for years that the causes of chronic migraine headaches and epilepsy are the same. While not generally accepted, it is consistent with current research.

The finding of a genetic link between migraines and epilepsy have been all over the news since this article hit the mainstream media earlier this month.  I have had a standing Google alert for “migraines and epilepsy” for quite some time now.  Nothing was on the radar screen on the Internet until this study hit.

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Chronic Migraine Headaches and Seizures Linked

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Chronic migraine headaches and seizures linked

Only the most learned will view migraine headaches and seizures through the same lens, despite some very apparent similarities in the underlying causes.

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).

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Chronic Migraines Headaches and Seizures Linked Again

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.

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MS, Seizures, Migraines–Can Your Gut Protect Your Brain?

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Anyone with a neurological condition, whether anxiety, depression, epilepsy, migraines or MS, will tell you that symptoms wax and wane.  But why?

While a common occurrence, it seems that few question why this is so.  It is considered more as just a course of the condition.  But what if the fluctuations of symptoms are not only explainable, but possibly controllable?

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Chronic Migraines and Seizures Linked-Does Your Neuro Know?

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One of the first reactions to my Migraines and Epilepsy book is that people don’t understand what these two conditions have in common.

At it’s foundation, these two conditions share the same mechanism. I have personally known this for at least a decade, but the information seems to be taking a while to get out there. Which may seem strange because chronic migraine headaches and seizures are both within the realm of neurology. Indeed, over the past few years there has been increasing overlap between anti-seizure drugs being used to treat migraines (Topamax, for example). Taking this even further, anti-seizure medications like Depakote have also been used to treat certain psychological disorders like bipolar disorder.

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