Sexual Minorities More Likely to Suffer From Migraines Study Finds

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday October 4, 2020

Sexual Minorities More Likely to Suffer From Migraines Study Finds
  (Source:Getty Images)

A new study found that sexual minorities are more likely than heterosexuals to regularly experience migraines, NBC News reports.

The study by Dr. Jason Nagata, professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco, drew its findings from interviews with 9,800 adults in the 31-42 age range. Most respondents identified as exclusively heterosexual (85%), with some "mostly" heterosexual with same-sex attractions (10%), and a small number of gay, lesbian and bisexual participants (4%).

It turns out, the GLB participants have 58% higher odds of experiencing migraines than the strictly heterosexual respondents in the survey. As NBC states, "migraine headaches often produce an intense throbbing pain on one side of the head" and that "they can last hours or even days and be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and a sensitivity to light, sound or other sensory input." Migraines are often triggered by stress, and are the "fifth-leading reason for visits to the emergency room."

Dr. Nagata explains that similar research had been conducted on minorities "including Blacks, Latinos, women and people with lower socioeconomic status but no one had looked into sexual minorities." He encourages doctors to be more attentive and proactive in dealing with LGBTQ patients. His findings were published at JAMA Neurology online.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

Comments on Facebook