Diagnosed with Cerebral Migrainal Infarctions - Documented in men?

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    I'm a 37 year old MALE and everywhere I read I read of frequency of Migraines in women, but not so much in men. I've had Migraines since I was a child, I remember my mother massaging my temples. I've been in the ARMY almost 18 years now and have suffered 2 Ischemic Strokes, an Angina attack, and have been diagnosed with Cerebral Migrainal Infarctions. I've been placed on prevention medicines, cholesterol medicines, depression medicines, low dose aspirin, and also take medications to take on the onset of a migraine. My primary question is are there documented cases of MEN suffering all this, or is it mostly women? Even some doctors have told me it's kinda rare for men due to genes and chromosomes. Robert.

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    Dear Robert;

    Yes, there are cases of men having Migraine issues such as yours. Migraine does affect more women than men, about 12% of women, but about 7% of men have Migraine disease too.

    We do understand that people in the Army generally see army doctors, but you may need to ask to see a civilian doctor. 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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  • Last updated November 23, 2009.

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Published On: November 23, 2009