Migrainous limb pain. A historical note

Headache. 1990 Feb;30(3):138-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1990.hed3003138.x.


Upper and lower limb pain associated to attacks of migraine or cluster headache has been mentioned by many authors since the early descriptions of Liveing, Gowers and Jeliffe. The symptom was also described by Sluder as part of the syndrome of "sphenopalatine ganglion neuralgia." Several authors in the 1920's and 1930's including Cushing and Harris reported cases currently classifiable as migraine or cluster headache with limb pain, but did not accept the mechanisms for pain proposed by Sluder. The scarcity of more recent reports suggests that many patients with migrainous limb pain may be assumed to have other causes for this pain.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Cluster Headache / history*
  • Cluster Headache / physiopathology
  • Extremities*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Migraine Disorders / history*
  • Migraine Disorders / physiopathology
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / history*
  • Vascular Headaches / history*