Headaches Not Related to Lupus Disease Activity

While headaches are common among people with lupus, they are not associated with the disease activity or specific lupus autoantibodies according to new research published in Arthritis & Rheumatism. Conducted by two researchers in Canada, the study found that headaches are increasingly more common among people with lupus the longer they have the disease; however headaches go away without any treatment specific to lupus.

In a press release, lead author, Dr. John Hanly from Dalhousie University and the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada explains, "There is conflicting evidence that links headache, including migraine, and lupus disease activity. Much of the discrepancy in previous studies may be due the lack of uniform definition of headache, which is a common occurrence in the general population, especially among women."