Tenderness and sensitivity on my scalp that does not go away?

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    I am 55 years old. Caused by a recent car accident, my childhood migraines have worsened. Also, I am experiencing uncomfortable tenderness and sensitivity on my scalp that does not go away. Is there any treatment for this condition? Thank you.  Franny.





    Dear Franny;


    Unfortunately, trauma such as a car accident can result in an increase of Migraines, either because there's an injury that is a trigger or because the trauma has left you more susceptible to your triggers.


    We can't diagnose via the Internet, but the scalp tenderness and sensitivity may be what's called cutaneous allodynia and related to the increase in your Migraines. If it is, the answer is to improve your Migraine treatment.

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    If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: December 19, 2008