Migraines and Seizures
If you’re wondering can migraines cause seizures?
The answer is yes and a common underlying cause may be to blame.
The term migralepsy describes an extremely rare health condition in which a person has a seizure not long after having a migraine headache. Because migraine headaches and seizures are both neurological conditions, many symptoms, triggers, and treatments overlap. Thus, the question of whether or not the migraines may cause the seizures that some have has been raised. While it seems this is the possibility in some cases, these usually appear to be two separate occurrences, though they may have similar causes.
Most doctors will treat migraines and seizures using medication. Many medications for seizure control have also been found to mitigate the symptoms of a migraine headache. Other migraine medications include blood pressure medications and antidepressants.
Other treatments involve trying to determine the trigger behind a particular person’s seizures or migraines. Since these may involve certain foods including red wine or chocolate, a diet may be prescribed that eliminates trigger foods. Also, stress is often the trigger for both migraines and seizures. Therefore, a program of stress a management techniques may be prescribed including exercise, massages, and other stress relieving activities.
Another natural treatment that has been found to be effective for both migraine headaches and seizures is upper cervical chiropractic. By performing adjustments to the C1 and C2 vertebrae, which are situated where the brain stem meets the spinal cord, upper cervical chiropractic is able to reduce occurrence and symptoms of many different conditions including both seizures and migraine headaches.
Research with upright MRIs has shown that when a misalignment occurs in the upper neck. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow is changed, which can result in migraine headaches. Correcting this upper neck misalignments has been shown to change the flow of fluid to, from and through the brain, resulting in improved brain health and reduced or eliminated migraine symptoms.
What to Do Next
If you are interested in seeing if your migraines are a result of a misalignment in your upper neck find a Doctor in your area by going to www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Victoria, British Columbia area to book your NUCCA evaluation, click the button below:
Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr Matthew Kittleson of UC Life Chiropractic Centre in downtown Victoria, British Columbia are Victoria Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Saanich, Esquimalt and Vancouver Island. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and dizziness, numbness and tingling and more. More information can be found on their website at http://www.uclife.ca/