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My partner has had seizures...
My partner has had seizures about 4-6 days after flights. He normally suffers an acute pain on the plane descent, capturing the whole the left side of his head, and feels a lot of head pressure on the days that follow. This seems to build up until he has the seizure, after which he feels relieved, as if a load had been released from his head. He is normally prone to frequent migraines, some with headaches, and seizures are always preceded by a migraine (he still has a stuck migraine on the left side from a seizure that happened nearly 2 years ago, leaving him bed bound with a strong headache for a whole week). Other than this, some of his migraines are associated with food intolerances and other times not associated with food: the these are preceded by a stomach gurgling - we found out that the occurrence of this type of migraines can be stopped by stimulating the vagus nerve (taking some probiotics and pressuring some acupuncture points). His mother used to have the same gurgles and he has inherited Marfan syndrome from her (to a light degree). His mother had also trouble with at least a flight - a varicose vein ruptured with a seizure. In addition, he's had a TIA (mini-stroke) for the first time a few days ago. The MRI showed the lesion on the left side of his brain. Previous MRI (taken a couple of months ago but months after the last seizure), didn't seem to show anything. EEG, ECG and dopler normal as well. Heart test showed a very small hole in his heart.
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Neurologist: Dr. David, Board Certified MD replied 4 months ago
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Neurologist: Dr. David, Board Certified MD replied 4 months ago

I am sorry about your partner.

it sounds like migraine headaches are leading to seizure activity

he may have to take migraine medications like topamax or maxalt to prevent and head off a migraine headache to prevent seizure activity.

medications like sumatriptan can help prevent worsening migraine headaches.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Hello, we are looking for the underlying cause, not painkillers. Would you be able to help?
Neurologist: Dr. David, Board Certified MD replied 4 months ago

migraine headache medications are not pain killers

it sounds like the atmospheric pressure changes from a flight can affect your partners brain and cause worse headaches and seizures after a flight.

it could be one of many triggers for their migraine headaches.

which when bad enough can cause seizures in some patients.

https://www.healthline.com/health/migraine/migraine-and-seizure#2

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Any suggested correlation with the mini-stroke? Flight descent pain? Stuck migraine? And all on the left hemisphere? Any thoughts about vagus nerve or correlation with Marfan?
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