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Migraine risk ‘heightened among childhood abuse sufferers’

2nd June 2011

People who suffer abuse of various kinds as children are more likely to suffer from migraines later in life, according to a new study.

At its annual conference this week, the American Headache Society is highlighting new research developed over the last few years suggesting that physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse can cause permanent changes in a person's neurobiological system.

These alterations to neuroendocrine responses mean that body processes resulting from stressful situations are changed at a biological level, making them more prone to migraine pain.

This conclusion has been formed after studies revealed a prevalence in childhood abuse among migraine patients, a discovery that could open the door for new treatment options.

Dr Gretchen Tietjen, director of the University of Toledo Medical Center's headache treatment and research programme, said: "We are interested in exploring the idea that treatment with serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors may actually reverse some of the neurobiological effects of maltreatment, including decreasing the hormonal response to stress."

Earlier this year, researchers from the Primary Children's Medical Center and the University of Utah found that children affected by migraines with aura may be more at risk of a certain type of heart defect.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800565604-ADNFCR

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