Can Migraine be hereditary? 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.
Here's some information for you:
- Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It’s Probably a Migraine
- Gene Linked To Migraine and Increased Stroke Risk
- Hemiplegic Migraine - Genetic Testing May Be Helpful
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Published On: February 24, 2014