Child Abuse May Increase The Risk Of Migraines

First Posted: Dec 25, 2014 12:27 AM EST

Recent findings published in the journal Neurology show that childhood abuse may increase the risk of future migraines.

For the study, researchers examined over 8,300 people with migraines and more than 1,400 with tension headaches.

Findings revealed that emotional abuse was reported among about 24.5 percent of participants and another 21.5 percent of those with tension headaches.

"Childhood maltreatment can have long-lasting effects, like associated medical and psychological conditions including migraine in adulthood," said lead study author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City, said in a news release.

The study also showed that people who experienced emotional abuse before the age of 18 were a third more likely to have migraines than tension headaches.

Even after considering numerous factors, such as age, race, sex, income, anxiety and depression, the findings still held true to the results.

Participants who had experienced emotional neglect were also more likely to experience migraines. 

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