Migraine More Common In Women With MS

woman with headacheA recent study suggests that women with multiple sclerosis are more prone to suffer from migraine compared to women who don’t have MS. But having migraine in itself is not an indicator that women will develop MS later on. The findings of this study will be presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Toronto on April, 2010.

The said study was conducted by study author Dr. Ilya Kister, MD, of the New York University School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. The said study involved 116,678 women who were part of the Nurses Health Study II. Of this number, 18,000 women were diagnosed with migraine at the start of the study.

The women who were migraine sufferers were followed up every two years over a period of 16 years. During the course of the study, 375 women were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It included 82 of the women who had been diagnosed with migraine at the beginning of the study.

The study found out that the women who were diagnosed with migraine were 47 percent more likely to develop MS as compared to those women without such diagnosis. The results remain the same regardless of other factors such as age, race, vitamin D levels, etc. The said study was the first large scale study conducted that tried to explore the relationship between migraine and MS. Additional data will be presented by Dr. Kister during the Annual Meeting on April in Toronto.

Source: American Academy of Neurology. "Migraine More Common in Women With Multiple Sclerosis." ScienceDaily 17 February 2010. 23 February 2010 http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/02/100216163324.htm