Those Frustrating Migraine Symptoms - Allodynia

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Migraine is a complex disease with myriad possible symptoms, including allodynia. Some of these symptoms can be frightening; at the least, they're frustrating.

Simply put, allodynia is a condition in which an ordinarily painless stimulus is experienced as being painful. This condition can be a symptom of migraine, occurring during a migraine attack, or even between attacks.

We can experience cutaneous (of the skin) allodynia. Some examples of allodynia:

  • It can hurt to even touch your head.
  • It can hurt to brush or wash your hair.
  • The face often becomes very sensitive to touch.
  • For some people, allodynia can affect the entire body for a time, making even clothes or bed linens against their skin uncomfortable.

Two-thirds of migraineurs experience cutaneous allodynia during a migraine attack. It's also not unusual for migraineurs to experience allodynia interictally.

Researchers aren't sure of the mechanism yet, but allodynia has been shown to be associated with a higher prevalence of depression in migraine patients.

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