Sanctuary for the Abused
Friday, October 14, 2016
Migraines Could be Caused by Abuse
Researchers from the American Headache Society's Women's Issues Section Research Consortium found that incidence of childhood maltreatment, especially emotional abuse and neglect, are prevalent in migraine patients.
The study also found that migraine patients reporting childhood emotional or physical abuse and/or neglect had a significantly higher number of comorbid pain conditions compared with those without a history of maltreatment.
Both population- and clinic-based studies have demonstrated an association between childhood maltreatment and an increased risk of migraine chronification years later.
A total of 1348 patients diagnosed with migraine completed the surveys. Researchers found migraine sufferers who reported childhood emotional abuse or physical neglect had a significantly higher incidence of comorbid pain conditions compared with those without a history of maltreatment.
In the study population, 61% had at least 1 comorbid pain condition and 58% reported experiencing childhood trauma either by abuse or neglect. The number of different maltreatment types suffered in childhood correlated with the number of comorbid pain in adulthood.