According to a study published in Neurology back in September, there appears to be evidence that those who get migraines in their middle age have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Migraines are a common brain disorder and one of the most painful. Often times, they are preceded by an aura or a visual disturbance such as flashing light or a total loss of vision.
In the study, which included over 5,000 people, participants were questioned about various migraine symptoms. The longitudinal study, which lasted over a span of 25 years, revealed that many traumatic head injuries later resulted in Parkinson’s symptoms.
However, the numbers are staggering. According to the follow up research, those who suffered from migraines had twice the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Unfortunately, researchers are still unsure of the link between the two. There are various factors that may attribute to this link, including the dopamine-blocking medication for headaches and other brain related diseases.
It will be interesting to see what other data will be revealed from this controlled experiment. Parkinson’s disease is a lot like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. We understand these disorders are linked to the brain but we are unsure of why they occur and how to prevent them. This new research will hopefully help us understand the connections between these brain disorders and identify a preventative approach.
It’s always terrifying when we find other possible symptoms that may attribute to these awful diseases, yet there is always hope. The more we know the better. The greater understanding we have, the closer we are to finding a cure to degenerative brain disorders and diseases.
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