In two recent studies, researchers suggest that new or worsening migraine which doesn’t respond to treatment should be considered as a possible symptom of multiple sclerosis, especially early in the disease.
Researchers in Rostock, Germany, conducted a study investigating headache symptoms in patients already diagnosed with MS. Their aim was to detect the prevalence of headaches, and of subtypes of headaches (such as migraine, cluster, and tension-type headache), in an unselected group of MS patients (n=180) and to isolate the possible influencing factors for those headaches.
The group comprised 125 women (69.4%) and 55 men (30.6%), which included patients diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS (n=86, 47.8%), secondary progressive MS (n=67, 37.2%), primary progressive MS (n=24, 13.3%), and clinically isolated syndrome (n=3, 1.7%). Patients were chosen, regardless of gender, age, or disability.
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Migraine and Headache as Early Symptoms of MS