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Don't get migraine when I have a cold or flu

  • By kelgar

    Does anyone else experience this? When I get a prolonged illness (usually a cold turning into bronchitis that lasts ages), I notice I don’t get my usual 1-2 migraines a week. I was just wondering about the ‘gateway theory’ of pain… and if this had anything to do with it.

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi kelgar,

    Thank you for your question. I’m not as lucky as you as a cold, virus or other illness may (and usually does) trigger a migraine attack or nasty cycle.

    I’m not sure if the gateway theory applies here, but anything seems to be possible with migraine.

    Take good care,