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Migraine, Brain Tumor and Seizure: A Differential Diagnosis

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This article discusses how differential diagnosis of health problems can
be done based on identifying causes and symptoms. It also discusses the
important of conducting a differential diagnosis in the proper treatment
of the illness.

Migraine Headaches, Causes of Migraines, Migraine Remedies

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The television series, House is widely enjoyed by millions of viewers all
over the world. The concept of the show revolves around a brilliant
diagnostician and his team of doctors who try to determine the illness of
their patients to be able to provide the appropriate treatment. The
method they utilize to uncover the mysteries of the p atient's condition
is called differential diagnosis. In the field of medicine and health,
conducting a differential diagnosis is very necessary since several
illnesses may display similar symptoms. A differential diagnosis is
therefore done by observing the various symptoms manifested by a patient;
doing different types of medical examinations; and by interviewing the
patient or his family regarding personal, medical and social histories.
The main goal, therefore, of having a differential diagnosis is to avoid
medical malpractice and to provide quality treatments for patients.

As mentioned earlier, several medical problems or illnesses may show
similar symptoms or manifestations. This makes it more difficult for
people and even physicians to identify treatment that should be provided.
Such can be the case in conditions such as migraines, brain tumors, and
seizure disorders. Among persons who suffer from migraine, it is of great
importance to be knowledgeable of the causes and symptoms of this
particular condition in relation to other illnesses such as brain tumors
and seizure disorders that exhibit similar symptoms. Knowing the
differences among the said medical conditions will help people to better
understand and appreciate migraine remedies.

The main similarity between migraines, brain tumors and seizures is that
all of these conditions affect the neurological system. These conditions
should be given proper attention since these ailments affect the brain.
Common manifestations or symptoms of migraines, brain tumors and seizures
include: headache, aura, nausea, vomiting, problems with vision,
weakness, changes in mood or behavior and negative reactions towards
certain sensations (sight, hearing, smell, movement). Migraine headaches
may, therefore, also be a result of abnormal electro-physiologic
synchronization which occurs in seizures or maybe because of a damage in
a particular tissue in the brain due to tumors. To identify the root of
the problem is to determine the possible causes.
A situation similar to this is when a child manifests a difficulty in
repeating words which can be a result of either difficulty in hearing,
difficulty in moving the parts involved in talking or difficulty in
understanding or processing the instruction which is to repeat the words.

Migraine is said to be caused by a possible disorder in the serotonergic
control system. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain which
regulates emotions such as anger and aggression, mood, appetite,
sexuality and vomiting. Another cause of migraines can be attributed to
the exposure to or withdrawal of certain “triggers” which can be
environmental, chemical, hormonal or behavioral.

On the other hand, seizures are caused by abnormal electric activity in a
group of brain cells. Causes of brain tumors are still undetermined.
However, some studies show that a higher predominance of this condition
is observed among those whose work include making contact with or
exposure to high-chemical content substances. Just by observation, the
differences among the three conditions cannot be easily determined. This
is the reason why medical tests or evaluations are needed to be further
done in the hope of acquiring more evidences that would lead or point to
a certain condition. Among the tests that can be done are magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI), CT scan and electroencephalography (EEG).
Conducting MRI and CT scan will show any abnormal cell growth within the
brain while EEG recordings will determine unusual electrical activity in
the brain. Any anomalies observed among the tests mentioned can rule out
that the headaches due to migraine alone. However, when results of those
tests indicate normal activity or conditions, conclusions still cannot be
made. Further observation of the symptoms manifested needs to be done.

Though a lot of symptoms among migraines, brain tumors and seizures are
similar, there are also certain differences which can be a main lead
during differential diagnosis. Experiences of seeing auras usually occur
only among those who have migraines and seizures. People with brain
tumors do not usually have this. Existence of aura, therefore, can
possibly rule out having brain tumors. Also, unlike symptoms of migraines
and seizures which are episodic, symptoms of brain tumors happen more
consistently.   Symptoms of migraine such as headaches or feeling of
nausea usually last from three hours to several days while those of
seizures are usually of shorter duration only. Thus, suspicion of
possible migraine condition can be more strongly supported when the
symptoms remain for a long time.

Differential diagnosis, however, though recommended to be understood and
applied by common people, are more valid when done by certain
professionals such as doctors. Upon arriving to a certain conclusion,
they are also the ones who can effectively prescribe the appropriate
medication, remedy or management for the condition. In some instances,
there is an overlap between the medications of seizures and migraine
remedies. Among these are depakene, depakote topiramate and topamax.
However, certain treatment only react effectively to the corresponding
illness that they are made for. Also, aside from having no curative
effects at all on the condition, taking the wrong medication could even
worsen the problem. Thus, a thorough investigation of the situation
should really be done to conduct a highly evidence -supported differential
diagnosis and, as a result, allow doctors to identify the appropriate

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