Expert Answer: Leg and back pain with migraine
By Dr. Alex Mauskop—June 10, 2011

Question: The worst part about my 15 year old’s migraines is the leg and back pain she has for 4-5 days afterward. Have you ever heard of this before?

Leg and back pains that occur only after a migraine attack are not common, but leg muscle cramps in general are. Magnesium deficiency is present in close to 50% of patients with migraines.

Other symptoms of magnesium deficiency are cold extremities, PMS, as well as muscle cramps. It is possible that your daughter suffers from magnesium deficiency and taking a magnesium supplement daily may help not only her leg and back pain but also headaches.

You can also ask her doctor if she can take for her pain Migralex, the product I developed after years of research into possible causes of headaches. In addition to magnesium, Migralex contains aspirin. Migralex is not taken daily, but only as needed.

Another deficiency which is common in migraine sufferers (one third of kids with migraine were found to have it) and which can cause muscle cramps is that of CoQ10. Taking 300 mg of CoQ10 daily has been shown to prevent migraines.

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About Dr. Alex Mauskop

Dr. Alexander Mauskop is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and is the Director and founder of the New York Headache Center in New York, NY. Dr. Mauskop is an Professor of Clinical Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is board-certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine.

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