Migraines and Lupus

September 8th, 2011

In the United States alone, over 1 million people, mostly women, suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus  (SLE).  SLE is an autoimmune disease (the body attacks itself) which causes very significant levels of inflammation and pain.

Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Extreme fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Fever over 100°F
  • Muscle pain
  • Hair loss
  • Skin sores and rashes (may occur in a butterfly pattern across
    the cheeks and nose)
  • Nose or mouth sores (usually painless)
  • Discolored, painful, or numb fingers and toes brought on by cold
    or stress (also called Raynaud Syndrome)
  • Skin rashes with or without sun exposure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Memory loss

For decades physicians have believed that migraine headaches are a neurological symptom of lupus.

Researchers in Greece, from the Athens Naval Hospital, have found that migraines in lupus patients do not occur because of the condition and should be treated as a separate condition.

The investigators stated that migraines are not part of the disease but rather the result from the stress of the disease.

COMMENT: Since lupus patients may already be on one or more medications to fight the pain and inflammation of the disease, for those with the disease, who also experience migraines, prevention may be the best option.

To learn about a simple safe migraine prevention option, please read the information provided at www.migrelief.com.

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

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