Earlier we had reported that a migraine problem may be linked to heart disease. Now, a new study claims that migraine may be suffered more often by women with multiple sclerosis (MS) as compared to those not having it.

The study included roughly 1,16,678 women who were apparently part of the Nurses’ Health Study II. Of these women, around 18,000 had been detected with migraine at the beginning of the study. The women were supposedly trailed every two years for about 16 years. During the course of the study, around 375 women were identified with MS. Of those, roughly 82 had accounted at the start of the study that they had been detected by a physician with migraine.

Study author Ilya Kister, MD, with New York University School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, commented, “While having a history of migraine diagnosis was linked to MS, women with migraine need to know that over 99 percent of them will never develop MS, thus having migraine should definitely not be a reason to worry about getting MS. More research is needed since it’s still not known whether migraine is a risk factor for developing MS or if it is a condition that occurs at the same time as MS.”

The study apparently discovered that women having migraine detection at the start of the study appeared to have 47 percent more chances to suffer from MS than women devoid of a diagnosis. The outcomes seemed to be the same, irrespective of age, where they lived, Scandinavian ancestry, vitamin D levels, smoking status and body mass index.

The study is said to stand for the first large scale study of its kind to investigate the association between migraine and MS.

Additional information on this affiliation would be presented by Kister at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Toronto.