A study performed by scientists at the Jefferson Headache Center of Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience highlights the prevalence of cutaneous allodynia. This is a condition which makes people experience pain as a result of light touch, which is also common in people with migraine pain.
This study was done on 41 patients who experienced either chronic or episodic headaches. The researchers took a gauze pad and lightly brushed it over the patients’ foreheads, necks and forearms. Half of these reported feeling pain when their foreheads were gently brushed with the gauze pad, a telltale sign of allodynia.
Hopefully, this study will lead to a better understanding of cluster headaches and migraine pain.