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post-traumatic headaches

  • By 11:11

    Greetings All
    I know migraines are considered hereditary but I would like to submit at least some suspicion that they can either be caused or complicated by traumatic brain injury.

    http://m.brainline.org/content/content.php?id=834

    http://www.achenet.org/resources/epidemiology_of_military_posttraumatic_headache/

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1774160

    Please note the government position is PTH has a strong neurosis component perhaps designed to ward off future compensation cases-

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    11.11,
    I absolutely agree with you that PTSD, concussion or other brain injury can cause migraines. Likely people who have had a traumatic event were already pre-disposed to getting Migraines and the trauma was a catalyst. Here’s another article for you to read:

    https://migraine.com/blog/association-between-post-traumatic-disorder-and-episodic-migraine-stronger-in-men/

    thanks for sharing this content and opening up the discussion on this topic!
    -Katie

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  • By Lee Roberts

    Hi 11.11,

    Great topic and one I don’t recall reading much about anywhere else and I do a ton of research. Thanks for starting it here. Thanks for the links as well!

    I am new to the forum but def not new to Migraines. PTSD was a diagnosis I received in the mid 1990’s although it is not service related. I am a military daughter and sister yet never serviced myself. I also received a very nasty concussion January 2, 2007 that I think may have made my migraines much worse somehow.

    I have migraines from multiple sources and so much to share. I look forward to finding the right places within this forum to share the rest of my story.

    Katie thank you for the informative blog link too!

    Lee

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Lee,
    I’m so glad you decided to post. PTSD doesn’t have to stem from a military incident. It could be a car accident, falling on the ice or really any concussion.

    And we’d really love to hear your story. You can definitely do it in the Forum by creating a new topic or you can submit your story here: https://migraine.com/stories/

    Either way,please share!
    -Katie

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  • By 11:11

    When I refer to “post traumatic headaches” I’m not referring to PTSD. I’M referring to bluntforce trauma to the head. Or exposure to blast injuries. I just wanted to clarify this. Post traumatic headache does NOT describe a headache that is sequalae to a traumatic experience.

    Most common, true forms of PTSD are from very brief, intense, violent incidents. Like assault and battery, rape, vehicular accidents, building collapses and fires etc.

    In the military we are moving towards Post Combat Syndrome. This more accurately describes what combatants experience. A noncombatant in the rear may experience PTSD from an isolated occurance.

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