Is There A Link Between Asthma and Migraine Headaches?

Dec. 7, 2015  

Headache specialists have noticed that “a lot of patients with migraine also have asthma,”
The senior researcher, Richard Lipton, MD and director of the Montefiore Headache Center released a report on a possible connection between asthma and migraine headache. According to the report, if you have asthma and occasionally get migraines, that may double your chances of eventually getting 15 or more of these powerful headaches a month.

“Headache specialists have noticed that “a lot of patients with migraine also have asthma,”Although, relationship between migraine and have asthma hadn’t been backed up with research previously, however both disorders involve similar changes inside the body. 

According to the findings, both cases involve narrowing and inflammation. In asthma, the airways narrow and restrict airflow, and there is inflammation of the airway linings. During migraines, there is inflammation along with narrowing and widening of blood vessels. This suggests a possible relationship between both conditions.
Study Shows Apparent Link
According to the research, the data used is based on a previous study that included an asthma questionnaire provided by scores of participants on the severity of their asthma symptoms, and data on the frequency and duration of headaches experienced.
Of 4,446 participants who had fewer than 15 migraines a month (known as “episodic migraines”), 746 (16.8%) had asthma and 3,700 (83.2%) did not. Almost a year later, 2.9% (131 persons) began experiencing 15 or more migraines per month, or “chronic migraines.” Participants with asthma had twice the risk of going on to get chronic migraines compared to those without asthma. According to the researchers, the finding is based on considerations given the participants ages, body fat, gender, headache frequency, and migraine prevention-medication use.
According to the findings, the risk tends to seemingly increase with increase in the number of asthma symptoms; however this was significant only in people with the most severe asthma.
And “while they found that the overall presence of asthma about doubles the risk, the group with the most severe respiratory symptoms was more than three times as likely to develop chronic migraine as people free of asthma,” .
The report added that their decision to use migraine-prevention medication in people with asthma who get episodic migraines is complicated. Some doctors are sure whether they should prescribe the beta-blocker medication propranolol to prevent migraines in people with asthma. Beta-blockers typically are not used for people with the breathing condition due to fears that they may trigger asthma attacks.

In addition, they also speculate that treating asthma with drugs that reduce inflammation may help keep migraines from becoming more frequent, if inflammation is the link. According to the researchers, the study has some limitations: 90% of the participants were whites who provided information on their symptoms through questionnaires, and the study only covered 1 year.
Sources Medscape Medical News,/WebMD

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