Patients Who Suffer From Both Fibromyalgia and Migraines At Higher Risk of Suicide

Patients Who Suffer From Both Fibromyalgia and Migraines At Higher Risk of Suicide
Results from a recent study published in the journal Neurology showed that patients who suffer from both fibromyalgia and migraines are at a higher risk of suicide. In the study, the team of researchers from Taiwan focused on patients who had migraines and comorbid fibromyalgia, observing that those who had fibromyalgia also suffered from more frequent headaches and had lower sleep quality. Migraine is a common neurologic disorder and head pain may become chronic and disabling. Fibromyalgia (FM) however, is a complex syndrome characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive dysfunction, and depression. Despite the differences in pain distribution, FM and migraine are often comorbidities, with FM reported in 12.5% to 31.4% of patients suffering from episodic migraines and in 35.6% to 37.6% of patients with chronic migraines (CM). Furthermore, 65% of patients with FM have been reported to have migraine. To identify the clinical effects, frequency, and risk of suicide in comorbid FM in a cohort of patients with migraine, in the study titled " Suicide risk in patients with migraine and comorbid fibromyalgia”, the team surveyed patients with migraine who sought help in a headache clinic. All patients completed questionnaires assessing demographics, headache profiles, and FM surveys based on the modified 2010 American College of Rheumatology diagnostic criteria. The participants also completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the Migraine Disability Assessment. Risk of suicide risk was assessed by self-report of lifetime suicidal ideation and attempts. Of 1,318 patients with migraine included in the analysis 10,1% were found to have comorbid FM. Patients with
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