Concussion-related migraines, is there a solid link?

migThere are often links between former injuries and ongoing problems, and studies and research go into trying to pin-point whether there are definite causes and connections. One of those potential connections is between those who have suffered a head injury in the past and undergone concussion treatment, and whether this then causes migraines to occur in the future.

A concussion on its own is not a pleasant thing, but when you throw migraines into the mix it just becomes worse. Anyone who has suffered with migraines in the past, whether it’s a one off event or a series, will know just how debilitating they can be; lasting for anything up to 72 hours, with a range of side effects which are bad enough on their own. It’s for this reason that it’s important to pinpoint whether those who have had former concussion treatment are more susceptible to migraines, because this could help shape treatment in the future, and reduce the agony and frequency for those individuals.

Two particular recent studies seem to show that there certainly could be a link between concussion and future migraines.

The first study sampled 74 high school football players, all aged between 14-18 years. 20 questions were thrown at those taking part in the study, and 34% reported a history of migraines, with 37.5% of those questioned stating that they had suffered a concussion in the past. From the group who had suffered a concussion, 41% stated they had a history of migraine at some point since.

This is a large number.

The second study showed similar results, which further compounds the possibility.

This retrospective study took 25 patients with sports-related concussion in the past, all aged between 12 to 19 years, and tested whether they had an increased susceptibility to migraines as a result. All of those questioned reported headaches at some point between the injury taking place, and them returning to their sport, and migraine was reported in 68% of cases, with common migraine-related symptoms being experienced.

These statistics are quite startling, and do give weight to the argument that migraines could be more common in patients who have received concussion treatment in the past due to a head injury, whether sporting or otherwise. The fact that further study and assessment needs to go into this situation in order to prove or negate shows that this is an area for development, with the possibility that treatment could be targeted in a more individually-focused way in the future. For anyone suffering from migraines, this is a great news indeed.

If you are at all worried about migraines, concussion, or the link between the two, don’t hesitate to call the practice now on 03 8652 1628 to arrange an appointment. We are highly experienced at dealing with a variety of migraine-related problems, and can give you advice and relief from what can be a debilitating and unpleasant condition, with a variety of options available to you.

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