Growing pains in children are linked to migraines: Study

Wednesday 13th September 2023 06:16 EDT

According to recent research that was published in the journal Headache, discomfort in the lower limbs, which is sometimes referred to as "growing pains" by medical professionals and is occasionally linked to rapid growth, may indicate the existence or risk of migraines in kids and teenagers.
In the study, 100 kids and teens with growing pains who were born to migraine-prone mothers and who had been visited at a headache clinic were included. “In families of children with growing pains, there is an increased prevalence of other pain syndromes, especially migraine among parents,” the authors wrote. “On the other hand, children with migraine have a higher prevalence of growing pains, suggesting a common pathogenesis; therefore, we hypothesised that growing pains in children are a precursor or comorbidity with migraine.”
After 5 years of follow-up, 78 patients completed the study, of which 42 were from the group that experienced growing pains.

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