SPD and Migraines

Are there any links between SPD and headaches. My son has recently been diagnosed with SPD and we've also realized that he's suffering from frequent headaches (most likely migraines). I've been thinking that there are sensory aspects to migraines (sensitivity to lights and smells) and I'm curious if anyone has ever recognized a link?

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Jan 08, 2016
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Migraines and Chiari
by: Anonymous

Please also research chiari malformation and ask your doctor if the headaches could be related to this.

Mar 03, 2015
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SPD & Migraines
by: Anonymous

Hi! My son is now 13 & has had SPD issues since he was born (although not recognized until much later). He suffers from headaches as well (esp. when in school), & has for a number of years. We have long since figured they had to be due to the SPD (over-stimulation). Some of the headaches become migraines, & this school year he had a couple of horrible vertigo spells (couldn't walk & so sick), which now have been said to be migraine related by an ENT & Neurologist.

While I am still searching for documentation, it does appear that headaches & migraines are some how linked with SPD (which makes sense to me), just like depression & anxiety. It's so hard to watch him go through these things & we wish there was more we could do; we remain supportive.

Dec 14, 2014
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SPD and Migraines
by: Ellen

This link just hit me, as well.

Feb 05, 2013
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HELP
by: Anonymous

Hello, my son is 9, has SPD, has chronic migraines... MD's want to put him on an anti-anxiety medication.. Will this help?

Jan 14, 2013
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7yr old with spd and other issues
by: Anonymous

My son has had sensory issues since birth and headaches, migraines, since toddler. Recently i have noticed that if he gets overstimulated he has been getting the headaches more frequent after activities. After reading these others im wondering myself if its all related. i feel bad for him because i know how migraines feel. does anyone have any ideas how to help them motrin and tylenol are the only thing i give my child.

Nov 05, 2012
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SPD and migraines
by: Anonymous

My son, who is 9, also suffers from the same thing. He started having migraines last year. School is very hard for him. He is hypersensitive to sound so just about anywhere we go can be troubling. He starts OT on Wednesday. He was diagnosed by his neurologist last week with sensory defensiveness. I think he is more on the SPD spectrum than he thinks. I'm glad to finally have some answers to his problems. Has anyone found solutions to migraines associated with SPD? His doctor put him on meds, starting with 600mg of ibuprofen, but it normally doesn't help. I appreciate any help with this. Also, I'm so happy to know that there are others going through the same thing we are.

Nov 04, 2012
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SPD andMigraines are connected, in my opinion
by: Laura

My son, who's seven, has Hypersensitivities to foods, lights, sounds and smells. He has suffered from migraines ever since he was a toddler, though it took over three years to finally get a diagnosis. I'm new to the SPD diagnosis and have been told by an OT his migraines are probably triggered by his SPD. I certainly would like to learn more about the link between these two issues.

Apr 27, 2012
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SPD and Migraines
by: Anonymous

I suffer from both. I was searching to see if there was a link a myself. Im an adult with chronic migraines from weather and hormones. I am trying to address the migraines from the SPD core first. Just learning about my diagnosis and I've lost a number of uneducated family as a result of going undiagnosed for too long.
A mild sunburn( so mild I didnt feel it) under pool table lights will have me overheating to the point of becoming asmatic only one day later from sun exposure. That is SPD and it launches a migraine attacks.

Dec 27, 2011
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Headaches
by: Anonymous

I had a lot of sensory issues when I was young and I just realized reading this that they came back strong/ I started thinking about them when my migraines started around 6th grade, 3 years ago. I was in the advanced math classes for my three years in middle school, but my headaches/ migraines got so bad, everyday that I couldn't concentrate in class or after school so that i am now retaking the same class I took last year ( given my teacher was bad)

Nov 10, 2011
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SPD and migraines
by: Anonymous

well after all these years i think i have finally found a connection and can also say that i feel relieved that there are other people out there and wish to connect with them and find out what they are doing for their child. i have a 8 year old who gets migraines once or twice a week and has lots of learning difficulties and after years of going to various specialist i have stumbled upon this site through a friend and want more information, so if anyone would like to be in touch please do so through the site. thanks for your time reading this and hope we can all find a solution to this.

Nov 06, 2010
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SPD and Migraines
by: Anonymous

My son has SPD and migraines, but his migraines are triggered by weather changes and possibly hormones since his migraines got worse when he entered puberty.

I don't have SPD but I usually get migraines around the same time my son does, with weather changes. When he was younger, before he had migraines, I saw how sensory issues affected him, and I noticed that he had some of the same sensitivities that I had when I had a migraine.

I think my son's SPD makes him more sensitive to pain and he can't take the Excedrine Migraine that I take because it contains aspirin. He can only take Ibuprofen and it doesn't work as well.

He had three migraines last week. Pain is distracting, especially for a kid with SPD. My son has trouble concentrating on math and writing when he has a migraine. I don't know how we could deal with this if we were not able to homeschool. We are constantly working around pain.

Oct 01, 2010
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Migraines
by: Anonymous

My son has SPD and in the last few years we discovered that he has migraines too. I can't find a family history for the migraines so I wonder if it might be related to SPD. He has light and noise sensitivity plus nausea when he as an attack.

Sep 03, 2010
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head aches
by: Anonymous

I can't completely answer that question. But i will say that my son also complains about head aches and stomach aches and even neck aches...which i feel as though are brought on my his anxiety and stress. Would this apply to your child? Your comments about the sensitivities to light and sound are an interesting connection though!

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