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A 42-year-old female asked:

do chronic migraines and headaches have anything to do with ms?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Co-morbidities: There does seem to be a much higher incidence of headaches in ms patients, about double the incidence in unafflicted patients. One study showed that lesions in the midbrain periaqueductal gray region were associated with 4 times the incidence of migraine. So, if you do have ms, use a potent disease modifying agent to eliminate this additional complication.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
Neurology 28 years experience
Unclear: Migraine and ms affect women in the same age group. Migraine clearly is a more common disorder, and can be associated with abnormalities on brain MRI (though these tend to be nonspecific findings) and even neurological symptoms in addition to pain. While migraine may affect people with ms , other clinical signs and diagnostic labs need to support the ms diagnosis, and no better explanation found.

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Last updated Jul 29, 2015

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