"What has been discovered recently is that obese people who suffer from Migraines and have had gastric bypass surgery report a decrease or elimination of these headaches altogether."
To capsule this in the most generous term, Migraines are difficult. When Migraines occur, they can be of disabling proportion and last from hours to days. Migraines are common enough and severe enough that they are one of the more common ailments seen in emergency rooms. About fifteen percent of the population suffers from Migraines, and three times as many women get them as do men. Read Migraine What Is It?
There are various common triggers that precede Migraines: Hormonal changes in women and certain medications, such as birth control pills, can instigate Migraine. Certain foods (such as chocolate, alcohol, cheese, MSG, and caffeine) or missing a meal can be a catalyst for Migraine. Physical exertion or changes in sleep patterns can bring on a Migraine, as can stress. Other factors include weather changes, loud noises, and bright lights or sun. Read Steering Clear from Migraine Triggers
Obesity and Migraines
Much about the cause of Migraines was not understood previously. My friend Teri Robert, a Lead Health Guide on HealthCentral’s Migraine Site, tells me that we now know that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease for which, at this time, there's no cure. So eliminating contributing factors can't rid anyone of the disease.
However, what has been discovered recently is that obese people who suffer from Migraines and have had gastric bypass surgery report a decrease or elimination of these headaches altogether. Teri advised me that there have been conflicting studies about obesity and Migraine for many years now. In fact, you may read about a few of these studies on HealthCentral: Study – Obesity Doesn’t Bring on Migraines and Migraines Linked to Belly Fat.
I am not an expert on Migraine, nor do I suffer from Migraine attacks. Rather I am someone who has had tremendous resolution of health conditions, and has turned her health around after gastric bypass surgery. As such, I will report the study results and invite Teri to add her perspective in the comments section beneath this sharepost. I invite you, dear reader, to check back as the comments are updated. I further invite you to visit the Migraine Site on HealthCentral as our writers take pride in having some of the most current online Migraine content available.
Gastric Bypass and the Reduction of Migraines
"The researchers found that the frequency of headaches was reduced from 11.1 headache days before surgery to 6.7 headache days six months after surgery."
Researchers have discovered that patients who suffered from debilitating Migraines found relief in the frequency and severity of the episodes six months after having gastric bypass surgery.
A study consisted of 24 severely obese patients, all who suffered from Migraines. Most of the patients were female. Patient assessments were done before and after surgery, using standard Migraine questionnaires.
- The researchers found that the frequency of headaches was reduced from 11.1 headache days before surgery to 6.7 headache days six months after surgery.
- Half of the patients showed a fifty percent reduction in frequency.
- Patients also reported a substantial reduction in the severity of headache pain.
Curiously, seventy percent of the patient who reported Migraine improvement were still considered obese at the six month mark following surgery.
"The researchers found that forty-six percent of the patients reported being Migraine-free and another twenty-nine percent reported improvements."
Although found inconclusive and subject to additional research, another promising study conducted by a team led by the director of the University of Iowa Obesity Surgery Program yielded impressive results.
The study team reviewed the medical records of 702 patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery within a ten year period and selected eighty-one of those patients for the current study. All patients were classified as obese and subject to Migraines, as well. The researchers found that forty-six percent of the patients reported being Migraine-free and another twenty-nine percent reported improvements.
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Published On: October 31, 2012