Risk of Migraines Higher for Deployed Vets with Brain Injuries

A study from the University of Oklahoma Medical School finds that vets who suffered a deployment-related brain injury are at greater risk of headache, particularly migraines. Researchers also found the intensity and frequency of migraines was much greater.

Researchers analyzed 53 vets who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while deployed. They compared them to a control group comprised of another 53 vets who didn’t suffer brain injuries. Approximately 76 percent of the vets in the control group experienced headaches. But for those who sustained a TBI, 100 percent dealt with headaches.

The study also considered the intensity and frequency of the headaches. Migraines (a more intense type of headache) affected 89 percent of the vets with TBIs but just 40 percent of vets in the control group.

Frequent headaches, defined as 10 to 14 days in a month, was 4.5 times higher for vets with brain injuries compared to the control group. And with chronic headaches, defined as 15 or more days in a month, it was three times higher for those with brain injuries compared to those without.

Between 15 and 20 percent of those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan sustained a TBI. Along with other symptoms, headaches are common with this type of injury. But they’re also associated with stress, another factor connected with deployment to combat areas.

For some vets, a TBI can cause significant impairment and complications. When it’s a result of military service, it may qualify the veteran for disability benefits. Although the Veterans Administration (VA) can explain the vet’s rights to these benefits, an attorney can help if denied. To learn more about legal options when facing challenges in obtaining veterans benefits, contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group Call us at 855-855-8992 to set up a consultation.