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Painful stimulation of the temple induces nausea, headache and extracranial vasodilation in migraine sufferers

Drummond, P.D. and Granston, A. (2005) Painful stimulation of the temple induces nausea, headache and extracranial vasodilation in migraine sufferers. Cephalalgia, 25 (1). pp. 16-22.

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Abstract

To determine whether painful stimulation of the temple would induce nausea, ice was applied to the temple for 30 s, three times at 4-min intervals in 23 migraine sufferers and 22 age- and sex-matched controls. On one occasion, the ice was applied in the presence of residual motion sickness induced by optokinetic stimulation. On another occasion, the ice application was not preceded by optokinetic stimulation (the baseline condition). In the baseline condition, nausea had developed in migraine sufferers but not controls by the third application of ice. In the presence of residual motion sickness, each painful stimulus intensified nausea and headache in migraine sufferers whereas symptoms were minimal in controls. Changes in frontotemporal pulse amplitude were monitored with photoelectric pulse transducers. The extracranial blood vessels dilated in migraine sufferers but not controls before the first application of ice in the baseline condition, presumably due to anticipatory anxiety. In contrast, the ice application did not provoke extra-cranial vasodilation in either group after optokinetic stimulation. The findings show that susceptibility to nausea and stress-induced extracranial vascular hyper-reactivity are associated with the migraine predisposition. They also suggest that head pain might intensify gastrointestinal disturbances during attacks of migraine.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Blackwell
Copyright: Blackwell
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/1998
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