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David Baxter

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A Retrospective, Comparative Study on the Frequency of Abuse in Migraine and Chronic Daily Headache
04/25/2007
by B. Lee Peterlin, DO; Thomas Ward, MD; Jeffrey Lidicker, MSc; and Morris Levin, MD

A number of risk factors have been identified as risk factors for chronification of headache disorders. Limited data exist regarding the influence of physical and/or sexual abuse on primary headache disorders.

This was a retrospective chart review of 183 consecutive new headache patients seen from December 2004 through August 2005 at an outpatient tertiary-care center. Patients were included in the study if they had chronic daily headache (with criteria for medication over-use headache or chronic migraine), or migraine with or without aura. A history of physical and/or sexual abuse was systematically asked of all headache patients at their first visit in the clinic. This information was then transferred to a semi-standardized form and the relative frequency of abuse in both groups contrasted.

Of the 161 patients included in the study, 90.1% were female with a mean age of 36.4 ? 12.0. A total of 59.0% of the patients were diagnosed with CDH and 41.0% were diagnosed with migraine. Overall, 34.8% of all patients, 40.0% of CDH patients, and 27.3% of migraine patients had a history of physical and/or sexual abuse. The relative frequency of a history of physical and/or sexual abuse was higher in the CDH group as compared to the migraine group (P = .048).

[We conclude that] the relative frequency of abuse is higher in CDH sufferers than migraineurs, suggesting that physical and sexual abuse may be risk factors for chronification.

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Halo

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What an interesting article. Thanks for the post, David
 

braveheart

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Interesting.

I suffer frequent headaches, and my dad [emotionally abused himself as a child] always had frequent migraines when I was growing up.
 

sister-ray

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interesting article, I suffer with migraines and a alternative therapist/healer whos books I read and whos forum I use to go on said they where to do with stuff to do with my father, thanks for posting that.
 

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