A new study has some pain management professionals learning more about asthma and its risk for chronic migraines.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say their studies show that people who have occasional migraines and asthma are twice as likely to develop chronic migraine attacks.
“If you have asthma along with episodic or occasional migraine, then your headaches are more likely to evolve into a more disabling form known as chronic migraine,” Dr. Vincent Martin, a professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, said in a press release. Furthermore, Dr. Martin says the relationship between migraine and asthma is strong — with the breathing condition being more of a predictor of chronic migraine than depression.
Previous studies have shown people with asthma are more likely to have allergies, and people with allergies are more likely to have headaches. Researchers believe this is due to an overactive parasympathetic nervous system — which is also a reaction to allergens in the environment.
“If allergies are the trigger it begs the question: Should we treat allergies more aggressively in [migraine] patients?” Martin said.
Be sure never to withhold any information when providing your medical history during a migraine treatment consultation. As is the case with asthma, there are many conditions that have a direct impact on your migraine condition. Understanding the root cause of a migraine, even if it is asthma related, allows us at Pasadena Pain Management to treat patients properly and effectively.
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