Friday, April 16, 2010

We're Odd, but Wonderful Creatures: Migraines and Seizures

I'm pretty convinced that the scented oil in the reed diffuser in the bathroom caused 5 migraines in a 10 day period this month. It was crazy, and now the doc has me on midrin, for when they hit. The bottle's been out for a few months, so it took me awhile to think of corking it, but I did on Saturday evening and haven't had a migraine since. In fact, I've been relatively headache free, it's amazing. Looking back, I can see that I've been dealing with headaches more frequently than before, and it's been the last couple months. I think the scent caused the headaches, and built up, or overwhelmed me after a time leading to the migraines. Almost like allergies. You're okay during spring for a while, then bam, out of no where, you've got allergies. Your body just couldn't handle the barrage of stuff thrown at it anymore. Now, the interesting thing is timing. Alta's seizure was on the heels of my fifth (and final) migraine. I asked the ER doc if it could be environmental, but the only thing they could check for was carbon monoxide. But now that I'm fairly certain the scented oil is what messed me up, I did some research. I wanted to know if there was a link between scented oils and seizures. The epilepsy foundation in Ontario, Canada has a list of essential oils to avoid if you have a seizure disorder...they can trigger seizures. Unfortunately, the packaging for the diffuser and oil is long gone, and there's no label on the bottle, but I will be making a trip to the store to read the ingredients and find the manufacturer and see what I can find out. I'm curious too, if it has some of those known seizure trigger oils, if there's a label. I'm not interested in suing anyone, and I don't want to leave that impression, but if there's no warning, I think there should be. It wouldn't have helped us before, but it can in the future. I feel like the canary the miners used to monitor air quality before technology stepped in. If the canary died, they knew the air was dangerous. Unless Alta had seizures that we don't know about, then I had a severe reaction before she did. I'll be the canary from now on. If a scent gives me a migraine, it's gone. I'm not letting her get to the seizure point again. I'm relieved to have found a possible trigger, I feel like I'm redeeming myself...I keep flashing back to that morning and going over what I should have done vs what I did. Paul tells me I did fine, and I have to trust him. But this helps, finding a connection, a reason, a trigger almost makes up for it. At the very least, it gives me somewhere more positive to focus. I never thought I would be thankful for migraines, but if not for that, I wouldn't have gotten rid of the scent, and it could still be affecting her. They were definitely worth it in the end.


  1. That's scary stuff. I hope you feel better soon. I didn't know that about the oil's and scents. Great to know.

  2. Thank you! Hope to find out more info soon. Both of my girls see a neurologist tomorrow. One for the seizure, and one for concussion issues that won't go away - my last two months have not been boring!