Midlife Migraine Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Midlife Migraine Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

A recent study published in medical journal Neurology, discovered that those suffering from midlife migraine, or “migraine with aura” particularly, were more likely than others to report parkinsonian symptoms. Additionally, studies showed that participants were more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease later in life. The specialists at American Spine found the study’s findings fascinating and are looking into the data more in-depth.

Researchers of the study sampled a random group of men and women, around 51 years of age, and asked each one of them a series of questions regarding their headache symptoms. After patients were evaluated and put into different groups, researchers found the following*:

  • About 8.9% of the patients reported 4 or more such Parkinsonism symptoms.
  • Parkinsonism symptoms were more common in those with midlife headache than controls, particularly for MA (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 3.61; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.7 - 4.8).
  • Those with migraine with no aura had 2.27 times the odds of these symptoms.
  • About 1.2% of patients reported receiving a diagnosis of PD. Those with migraine with aura were more likely than controls to have this diagnosis (adjusted OR, 2.53; 95% CI 1.2 - 5.2).

Although intriguing (and for some, troubling), this study is considered an “association” study and if it were replicated in other areas with different test subjects of varying ages and medical backgrounds, results may be different.

The medial team that conducted the study agreed, adding, “future longitudinal studies with more targeted brain imagining and neurologic examinations are warranted.”

If you’re experiencing moderate to severe migraines, consider the treatment options available to you at American Spine. It is here that pain management specialists will listen to your health concerns, evaluate your symptoms and determine the best treatment plan. Your symptoms could be stemming from spine, neck and back issues. Set-up a consultation today to see what the doctors can do for you!

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

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*Data Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831871