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Migraines and Multiple Sclerosis

September 2nd, 2015

Migraines are a type of headache disorder that consists of headaches on ones side of the head, that can sometimes spread to the other over time. These severe headaches are usually moderate to severe in intensity and can last for longer than four hours if they aren’t treated. While common migraines are those without the foreshadowing auras, those that come with auras are called classic migraines. Commonly accompanied by nausea and difficulty with loud noises, migraines are very common, as approximately 40 million Americans experience them.

What about those with migraines and MS?

For the most part, those with MS that experience migraines have already gotten them periodically and were not caused by their MS. However, those that had never experienced the sensations prior to their diagnosis may also have had migraines due to the various medications they are taking that could possibly trigger them.

If you have MS and experience migraines, it is best to inform your neurologist of this right away. There was a research trial done to see how different practitioners had been diagnosing their MS patients that also experienced migraines. There were surprisingly less of those with MS that had migraines than the rest of the population in the first analysis and it was found that who was seeing the patients was making a difference. The MS specialist reported that just as many people with MS experienced migraines as those without MS that experience them, while the neurologist and nurse practitioner in the study only had two people with migraines out of over 200 MS patients.

While other reports have made note that migraine headaches are more than twice as common in a group of MS patients than a group of those without, migraine type headaches have also been reported to be the first symptom of MS.

Migraines and Multiple Sclerosis - Wed September 02, 2015 10:09 AM