Monday, June 28, 2010

Negative Childhood Experiences Linked to Headaches, Migraines


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According to research presented at the American Headache Society's 52nd Annual Meeting, children who experience abuse and other negative events are more likely than other people to suffer frequent migraines and headaches and cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

Researchers examined the presence of these health conditions among people who had experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse; witnessed domestic violence; lived in a household with a mentally ill family member; dealt with a close family member's incarceration; or experienced separation or divorce of their parents as children. Each of these factors increased the likelihood that the person dealt with frequent headaches as an adult. The more factors present in the person's history, the greater the likelihood of these health problems.

The exact relationship between these negative experiences and health problems is currently unknown.
“The biological underpinnings of this relationship should be a target of future research and clinicians should be aware of and evaluate for this important relationship in order to facilitate appropriate management strategies.”

The usefulness of this study may be limited by the fact that the presence of the diseases was self-reported rather than independently verified.

Sources:
Childhood Abuse Linked to Headaches in Adulthood
Migraine, Child Abuse, Heart Disease Link
Evidence Builds for Link Between Child Abuse, Chronic Pain Conditions
Abuse May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke in Migraine Sufferers


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