Diagnosis of Migraine & Headache Types

Motor tics and Migraines, is there a connection?

  • By jcollup

    Hello, I have suffered from migraines for 20+ years. My daughter, age 15, has recently been diagnosed as well. Her
    headaches seem chronic, happening almost daily, with some associated vertigo, blurred/distorted vision, and sensitivity to sound and strong odor, (i.e. perfume in a classroom). Around the same time, she started having “head jerks”, almost like she got a chill/shiver. I took her in to the pediatrician, as the until head jerking was happening several times a day, and she thought they are a motor tic, and not a myoclonic jerk, (related to seizures). She was referred to neurology, but her appt isn’t until May! I have migraine with aura, and there is a family history of epilepsy, (my brother). I am concerned….Has anyone heard of motor tics and migraines?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi jcollup,

    Welcome to the discussion forum – we’re glad you’ve joined us!

    I’m sorry to hear your daughter is having a rough time, I know how frustrating it is to see our children in pain. I don’t know too much about tics and migraine disease, and after a quick search didn’t find too much. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible for them to be comorid – meaning they can occur at the same time but are not caused by one another.

    Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you.

    I hope this helps,

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  • By Newton

    Hi jcollup,

    I am a Mom as well and the concern is my son. He is 30 now and has had migraines with motion tics for years. They are made worse by a lack of sleep and stress, conditions that seem to be prevalent in his life, but I wanted you to know that there is someone else out there with that added bonus of “motion tics.” They often ask him to go home from work since he works in a public place and his tics are like a whole body twitch that makes them very nervous. He has had things fly out of his hand when he twitches.

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