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Expert Answer: Leg and back pain with migraine

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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  • waiting
    3 years ago

    I started using 100mg CoQ10 (since I don’t know if it’s appropriate to say the brand, I will just say that it states it has superior absorption, equal to 300mg) a few months ago. I only take it 3x per week with half a glass of grapefruit juice.

    Since then I have a significant reduction not only in frequency, but in severity as well.

  • Bukky K
    8 years ago

    I just saw a neurologist for this. I’ve had migraines since I was 4 and I’m now 28 (avergage height and weight female). A few months ago a got a shooting pain in my lower left leg that buckled me while I was standing and forced me to sit. Within 2 hours the pain had gone up the left side of my body and my entire left lise was now numb, like it fell asleep. After months of testing an MRI and a visit to the neurologistI was told that what I experience was in essence a “body migraine.” Instead of the pain being in my head as with a regular migraine it just went somewhere else. What your kid maybe experiencing is a “continued migraine” just in the body.

  • Penny Soutar Kjelgaard
    8 years ago

    I have some neuopathy with migraines. My neurologist didn’t find a cause for the neuropathy, but since then I noticed that it accompanies migraine.

  • Christine Busby
    8 years ago

    I took magnesium pills when I was younger. It was suppose to help the headaches, but didn’t. It did help some with the leg cramps.

  • Gwen M. Accardi
    8 years ago

    I am 40 yrs old & have had migraines since I was 7yrs old. My grandmother, mother, brother and son aslo suffer from them. I always have neck , back & sometimes leg pain & cramps. I have found that magnesium does help a bit, however still have to take zanafex.

  • Karen Stanley Haack
    8 years ago

    My daughter has adverse reactions to supplements and their fillers. She had these pains also in her legs back neck and shoulder. We have since found out that she has several food allergies that caused her migraines and stomach issues. Only one minor headache this month after having migraines that would last for months….Thank you to Sami’s allergist who probably saved her life.

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