Frequent Migraines Common in Soldiers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/29/08

Frequent Migraines Common in Soldiers

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According to a new study, soldiers are more likely to suffer migraines than the general population.  Researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center studied the incidence of migraine among soldiers returning from a one-year combat tour, and those in training.

They found that 19% of soldiers returning from Iraq reported experiencing migraines, an additional 17% suffered possible migraines.  On average, soldiers had three headaches per month, a number that increased the longer they were home.

Experts say soldiers are exposed to several migraine triggers including disrupted sleep and meals, stress, heat, and noise.  Experts also say migraines are frequently under diagnosed in soldiers.

They hope this study with raise awareness among medical personnel.

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