Can Migraine be hereditary?

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    Can Migraine be hereditary? Elaine.


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    Dear Elaine;


    Yes, it has been shown that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. When trying to trace it back through families, you should also ask about "sick headaches" because Migraines were often called "sick headaches" in previous generations. Also ask abut sinus headaches because many people mistake Migraines for sinus headaches.


    When one parent has Migraine in their family history, there's a 50% chance that children will inherit the disease. That jumps to 75% if there's Migraine in the family history of both parents.

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Published On: February 24, 2014