“Premonitory” Symptoms of Migraine in Children

An interesting study was done in France of 103 children and adolescents with migraine.  The goal was to discover what, if any, "premonitory" symptoms the children had.

It turns out that premonitory symptoms, sort of early-on symptoms before the full blown attack and pain (if any), are quite common in children.  67% reported at least one symptom, though most had more than one – on average there were two symptoms of the 15 that the study measured for.

The most common symptoms?  Face changes, irritability, and fatigue.  The last two are common in adults, the first one isn’t.  Face changes seem to be unique to child migraine.

Read about the study here.

via Somebody Heal Me

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  • Suzie Jun 17, 2009

    I looked at the abstract to the study from your link and I still can’t figure out what they are referring to by “face changes.”
    Any idea?
    pout face?
    frowning?
    wrinkles between their eyebrows?
    funny definitions for what seems like a funny term to me…

  • James Jun 23, 2009

    Yes, it is a funny term. I think what it’s referring to is involuntary muscular changes of the face. It wouldn’t be any one thing, though I’m sure there would be patterns. Anyone have more specific information on this?

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