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 Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy or can they be associated with migraine? | Migraine Advisor

 

Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy or can they be associated with migraine?

I have been told that I have been having tonic clonic seizures and that these are due to epilepsy. Sometimes these seizures are so bad I have to be given Diazepam to bring me round. I am also being treated for chronic migraine and the doctor who treats me for this says that these fits are due to the migraine and not epilepsy. Is this possible? I am getting confused as none of the doctors seem to agree with each other.

Chosen Answer:

I myself have tonic clonic seizures since the age of 12 with no warning. you have not stated if you know one of these fits are going to happen. I used to have horrific headaches that could of been migraines. you say that doctors do not agree on a diagnosis, what clinics have you been to? Ask your Doctor to refere you to an epilepsy specialist because they cannot prescribe medication until they know what they dealing with.There are some really great specialist epilepsy units out there, here they will give you MRI scans, ECG etc these could show if you do have epilepsy. Unfortunately Nothing showed up in my scans that could be causing the epilepsy. Please remember if it is Epilepsy, medication if taken regularly can control seizures and can lead a normal life, It takes a while for the medication to actually work because the correct amounts have to be administered. after being seizure free for 5 years you will even be considered for a driving licence. Phone epilepsy help lines for advice. good luck and I hope you get the answers from doctors that you are looking for, It must be very stressful and frustrating for you. x x x
by: nosy
on: 21st February 10




3 Comments to “Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy or can they be associated with migraine?”

  1. risa d Says:

    Seizures are caused by the electrical activity in your brain essentially going haywire momentarily, so they can have many causes. If two doctors are telling you two different things my advise would be to seek the opinion of a third doctor.

  2. nosy Says:

    I myself have tonic clonic seizures since the age of 12 with no warning. you have not stated if you know one of these fits are going to happen. I used to have horrific headaches that could of been migraines. you say that doctors do not agree on a diagnosis, what clinics have you been to? Ask your Doctor to refere you to an epilepsy specialist because they cannot prescribe medication until they know what they dealing with.There are some really great specialist epilepsy units out there, here they will give you MRI scans, ECG etc these could show if you do have epilepsy. Unfortunately Nothing showed up in my scans that could be causing the epilepsy. Please remember if it is Epilepsy, medication if taken regularly can control seizures and can lead a normal life, It takes a while for the medication to actually work because the correct amounts have to be administered. after being seizure free for 5 years you will even be considered for a driving licence. Phone epilepsy help lines for advice. good luck and I hope you get the answers from doctors that you are looking for, It must be very stressful and frustrating for you. x x x

  3. Rita V Says:

    Newbe, I also have tonic clonic seizures, I was diagnosed in 2007 I had to wear electrodes on my scalp for 72hrs it’s called a eeg and that test showed the seizures i never had a mri. I also have no warning as to when their going to happen except dizziness and if i don’t sit down i will black out. my seizures are controlled by an antiseizurere medicine. I have never heard fits associated with migraine headache. maybe you should get a second opinion on this one. Good Luck Rita V