Migraines are not a lupus symptom: study

New research casts doubt on prevailing belief that migraine headaches can be a manifestation of lupus

(Reuters Health) - Despite a commonly-held belief among many doctors who treat lupus patients, headaches — particularly migraines — are not a manifestation of that disease and should be treated as a separate problem, report researchers in Greece.

Previous studies that found migraines to be more common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may have suffered from methodological errors, said senior author Dr. Dimos Mitsikostas from Athens Naval Hospital, and have led doctors to dismiss headaches as a neurological symptom of lupus.