While the most important and usually the only reason for undergoing weight loss or bariatric surgery is to reduce your weight, a new study published in the journal, Neurology suggests that it is also beneficial in reducing migraine pain.
Researchers from the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I, analyzed around 24 severely obese patients who suffered from migraine and who opted for the weight loss surgery. Around 21 of the 24 patients were female and the average body mass index (BMI) of the 24 patients was 46.6 prior to the operation.
All of the patients were asked a number of questions relating to the severity of their migraine pains before the surgery and six months after the surgery. The researchers found that the headache frequency fell to 6.7 days in 90 days six months after the surgery, down from 11.1 before undergoing surgery.
"It's interesting to note that headache improvements occurred postoperatively even though 70% of participants were still considered obese six months after surgery. The study provides evidence that weight loss may be an important part of a migraine treatment plan for obese patients", lead researcher Dale Bond said.