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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 charlotte, Community Member, asks

Q: does lupus cause migranes

my neice has migraines that are so bad she must go to emergency room to get shots for some relief, she has been diagnosed with lupus, does this cause migraines? these headaches come very often, sometimes every week.

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
2/17/09 6:43pm

Hi charlotte,


I'm sorry to hear about your neices recent diagnosis. Current thinking is that Migraine is a genetic neurologic disease caused by overactive neurons in our brain and our genetics. It isn't uncommon for people with lupus to have Migraines as well, I do. I am not a medical professional and cannot give medical advise. 


Your neice may want to keep a Migraine diary to see what triggers she may be experiencing. Is she drinking enough water?  Certain foods, changes in the weather,  too much sleep or too little sleep can all be triggers for some people. We have a free downloadable Migraine HERE. Also, our Migraine trigger page is full of useful information on trigger management, that can be found by clicking on this LINK.


We also have a discussion forum that you may want to check out. To get to the forum, just look for the orange box marked "Manage" and click on the Migraine Forums link. Because our forums are maintained by a third party, you'll need to register for the forum. You can use the same information you used to create your community log-in if you like. If you want to go directly to the forum, you can click HERE.


Good luck


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By charlotte, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 02/17/09