Objective: To determine if migraineurs have evidence of interictal cutaneous sensitisation. Subjects and methods: Thermal and mechanical pain thresholds in 20 episodic migraineurs, 20 chronic migraineurs, and 20 non-migraine control subjects were compared. Quantitative sensory testing was conducted when subjects had been migraine-free for at least 48 h. Heat, cold and mechanical pain thresholds, and heat and cold pain tolerance thresholds were measured. Results: Thermal pain thresholds and thermal pain tolerance thresholds differed significantly by headache group (P = 0.001). During the interictal period, episodic and chronic migraineurs were more sensitive to thermal stimulation than non-migraine controls. Conclusions: Interictal sensitisation may predispose the migraineur to development of headaches, may be a marker of migraine activity, and a target for treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • central sensitisation
  • cutaneous allodynia
  • migraine
  • pain thresholds
  • quantitative sensory testing


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