Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Migraine


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About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Migraine, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Migraine. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Migraine. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis

Migraine as a complication: Other conditions that might have Migraine as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Migraine as a complication includes:

Underlying conditions discussion: It is controversial, for example, whether migraine headaches can be caused by food allergies. There are studies showing that people who are prone to migraines can have their headaches brought on by histamines and other substances in foods. The more difficult issue is whether food allergies actually cause migraines in such people.1

Childhood headache can be a sign of depression. Parents should alert the family pediatrician if a child develops headaches along with other symptoms such as a change in mood or sleep habits. Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy are effective treatments for childhood depression and related headache.2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Food Allergy and Intolerances, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID
2. excerpt from Headache - Hope Through Research: NINDS

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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