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Disability Associated with Headaches Occurring
Inside and Outside the Menstrual Period in those
with Migraine: A General Practice Study
Dowson, AJ; Kilminister SG, et al.
Posted: May 2005
Objectives: This study investigated the
disability of females who have migraine and other headache attacks
occurring during and outside the menstrual period.
Methods: One thousand four hundred and thirty-four
of 3470 female patients aged 14 to 50 years registered at a UK
general practice completed two questionnaires. The first
questionnaire assessed the prevalence of headache, depression, and
bodily pain in the total population. The second questionnaire
assessed the disability of all headaches over a 2-month period
(to capture a complete menstrual cycle) for patients reporting
migraine who were still menstruating. Disability was assessed as
the time lost and time spent at less than 50% productivity in normal
activities due to headache.
Conclusions: For those with migraine, migraine
attacks that took place during the menstrual period tended to be
slightly more disabling than those taking place outside the
menstrual period, but the opposite was true for nonmigraine