Friday, April 25, 2008

chronic migraines linked to skin pain


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According to a study published in the journal Neurology, 69% of people with migraines experience a painful skin condition called cutaneous allodynia. The condition is twice as common among migraineurs than people with other types of headaches.

Headaches Linked to Painful Skin Sensations
In migraine patients, allodynia was associated with high attack frequency, long disease duration, obesity and younger age.

In a journal press release, Bigal suggests that cutaneous allodynia "may be a risk factor for migraine progression, where individuals have migraines on more days than not."

"It may be," he continues, "that individuals with allodynia should be more aggressively treated in order to prevent migraine progression, as well as to decrease this sensitivity on the skin."

Cutaneous allodynia is pain resulting from activities that would not ordinarily trigger pain, such as brushing your hair. You can read more about cutaneous allodynia here: Cutaneous allodynia definition.

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