Sensory processing and migraine in adolescents

Takeaway

  • Adolescents with migraine are likely to be sensitive to sensory information and may be more likely to catastrophize pain than their peers without migraine.

Why this matters

  • A tendency to catastrophize painful experiences contributes to intensified pain, emotional distress and reduced functionality.

  • Individuals who are more sensitive to sensory information may perceive sensory events such as migraine as noxious or stressful and may therefore catastrophize migraine-related pain more.