Migraine cycle

Published: Sunday 15 December 1996

New research on migraine headache shows that it follows a cyclical pattern. Discovering a pattern would help the sufferers anticipate such headaches and take pain relievers in advance to mitigate the suffering. Stephen Evars of the University of Munster, Germany, has just described experiments in which brain waves of people plagued by these mysterious migraines was compared with control subjects. Evars discovered through study of event related potential, that in people with migraine it follows a cycle which can vary in length depending upon the person from 10 to 40 days. Once the underlying cycles are determined for a individual, Evars says that migraine becomes more predictable.

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