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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Headaches as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis

( Stuart easily identifies with this symptom)

This article was Written by: Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.,

- Updated: June 17, 2008 Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by Suman Jayadev, MD

Everybody has a headache occasionally. However, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are much more prone to migraine-like or cluster headaches than people in the general population. While the cause of most headaches is a mystery, some headaches in people with MS can be caused by lesions, depression or specific medications that they are taking. You should see your doctor for: Any type of unusual headache, a headache that keeps recurring, or one that lasts for a long time.

What Do MS-Related Headaches Feel Like?

Headaches that are directly associated with MS have been described as:

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Anonymous said...

Some MSers get headaches, even migraines while others have never had a headache since diagnosis.

I was relatively headache free until I started to go through menopause in 1999. I was dx'd with MS in 1976. I guess I should consider myself lucky that I had 23 years headache free.

Thank you for posting this valuable information.


Anonymous said...

Consider yourself lucky Anne, as I have been battling headaches, Migraine, Cluster and $&^%$^^*@, since even before Diagnosis and they have only worsened since.
And now in "jest" >> Fortunately fo rme though, I never had to worry about what would happen to me after menopause (LOL).

Synchronicity said...

i am one of the lucky ones. i haven't really had many headaches. i am so sorry you have these stu.

Denver Refashionista said...

I have had headaches for years. I never associated them with MS before today. This last year I had two "migraines" but I had never had one before. I actually don't think they were real migraines but rather a precursor to my MS flare up.

I still get a lot of headaches, some with nausea. I also notice that my vision often has spots in it now.

Anonymous said...

I have had migraines since I was 16 years old. Then I started getting daily headaches. I was treated for headaches for years before I was dx with MS on 12/24/04. I still have headaches today, they just seem to be worse now. In facr I am having one of my worse spells now. Today ( 09/02/08) I am on my 11th day of having a migraine/cluster headche. I have taken 4 different treatments so far and they are still returning. I will be going to get a shot at the ER tomorrow to see if that can stop the cluster headache. But, even the steroid med pak did no good, it only made it worse. My Doctor was hoping that would help me more then the shot. I am thinking of a Brain Transplant. LOL LOL