11/20/07 #7 - Indefinite headaches caused by a brain trauma?

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    I had a bad whiplash and a cracked sacrum in 1995 from a work related injury. From that point until now, I have suffered with migraine headaches. was awarded lifetime medical benefits for injuries sustained from the accident. Recently, I have been denied worker's compensation medical benefits based upon the premise that my headaches could no longer stem from this accident. had never had a migraine before that accident. Is it possible to have indefinite headaches caused by a brain trauma? Is there any research you could point me to? Thank you for any information you can provide. Christa.

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    Dear Christa;


    Whiplash injuries, particularly of the neck are certainly known to be triggers of, or promoters of frequent Migraines. Traumatic brain injury has post-concussional Migraines and headaches as one of the top 3 symptoms after such an accident. I would look up Russell Packard’s articles on this topic published in Headache 10-12 years ago. I have a very large traumatic brain injury practice and we have seen thousands of patients over the last 20 years, so I deal with these sorts of issues all the time. I can’t comment on the Worker’s Comp issue as I don’t see these folks anymore.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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    Last updated November 20, 2007.

Published On: November 20, 2007