Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus also known as lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that causes widespread inflammation in the body. The organ systems commonly affected are the kidneys, skin, nervous system and lungs but lupus can also affect the joints. Headaches are a common symptom among those with lupus and migraine is extremely prevalent as well.

A study of 168 patients with lupus found that 39% had headaches that met diagnostic criteria for migraine while 23% met the criteria for other headache types.1