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Migraine and its relation with lifestyle in women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20158623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Migraine is a very common primary headache disorder with no underlying identifiable pathological cause. It has a profound effect on the well-being and general functioning of its victims. Migraine is best understood as a chronic disorder with episodic manifestations, progressive in some individuals, having dramatic social and economic costs. Migraine causes stress in patients and their families, changes the roles and lifestyles and disturbs the social interactions between family members. Being more common in women, migraine is a significant women's health concern. The low rate of headaches with identifiable organic causes suggests that individual and environmental factors are determinants of migraine. Therefore, studying lifestyle and its relation with migraine is very important. This study examines the relation between migraine headaches and lifestyle in women refereed to university clinics in Iran. METHODS: This is a case-control study of 170 patients selected randomly using Poisson sampling. The study population included female patients suffering from headache referred to the neurology clinics and health centers in Iran (with neurologist-diagnosed migraine according to the criteria of the International Society of Headache). The study population for the control group included women without migraine headache whose life conditions were similar to the migraine group and who were living in the same area. Data were collected by interview and a questionnaire which was tested for reliability and validity using content validity and retest methodologies. RESULTS: Findings showed a significant relation between some dimensions of lifestyle, such as diet eating habits (P = 0.001), resting and sleeping habits (P = 0.012), and drug usage patterns (P = 0.001) with migraine headaches. But there were no significant relationships noted between smoking, exercise or stress levels with migraine headaches. DISCUSSION: Lifestyle habits, including rest and sleep, diet and drug usage, are important factors in migraine attacks. It is important to emphasize changing habits, such as improper use of analgesics, to decrease side effects in migraine victims. The health centers should consider promoting healthy habits and behaviors as a priority in their services.
F Nazari; M Safavi; M Mahmudi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2010-02-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1533-2500     ISO Abbreviation:  Pain Pract     Publication Date:    2010 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-15     Completed Date:  2010-09-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101130835     Medline TA:  Pain Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  228-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical/Surgical Department, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Case-Control Studies
Disease Progression
Educational Status
Exercise / physiology
Food Habits
Life Style*
Marital Status
Migraine Disorders / etiology*,  psychology*
Risk Factors

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