Post-Traumatic Headache Affects Civilians and Military Personnel

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a prevalent, serious health problem with potentially long-lasting effects. Each year in the United States, 1.7 million people sustain a TBI that requires medical attention. Wars in the Middle East have led to more than 250,000 brain injuries among members of the military since 2000. Worldwide, TBI is the leading cause of chronic disability among young adults and children. Post-traumatic headache (PTH) is the most frequent symptom after a TBI. Continue Reading

Concussion Leads to Frequent Headache for Soldiers

One in five soldiers who sustained a concussion in Afghanistan or Iraq developed headaches on a daily or near daily basis, a new study has shown.

Concussion is a common injury for those fighting in Afghanistan and was for soldiers in Iraq as well. Headache frequently follows a concussion, and a new study conducted at the Madigan Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., has shown just how pervasive post-concussion headache is for wounded U.S. troops. Continue Reading

PTSD Affects Migraineurs, Especially Men

People with migraine are more likely to experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than non-migraineurs, according to a recent study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. Moreover, men with migraine are four times more likely to experience PTSD than female migraineurs. Continue Reading

Battlefield Trauma Can Cause Long-term Headaches

Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with longer-term emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms, including headache. Surprisingly, according to the Archives of General Psychiatry, concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, experienced by soldiers does not appear to have the same long-lasting negative effects.

Previous studies have shown that soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have nearly double the rates of migraine compared to the general population, as well as higher incidences of PTSD, depression and anxiety. Continue Reading

9/11 Trauma Triggered New Headaches

A notable number of New York City area residents began suffering from headaches after the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. A study of patients enrolled at the Bellevue Hospital World Trade Environmental Health Center found that 44% experienced new persistent headaches after 9/11 trauma. Continue Reading